Almost 90 per cent of the world's plants rely on pollinators like bees and butterflies for fertilization and reproduction, including about 75 per cent of our food — everything from apples, tomatoes, raspberries and peppers to chocolate, coffee and almonds.
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But pollinators are in trouble. Honeybee and native bee populations are in serious decline, and species like monarch butterflies are at historical lows.
The good news: We can all play a part in bringing back the bees and butterflies!
- Make your yard or neighbourhood a pollinator haven
- Help stop harmful, bee-killing pesticides from being used in Canada
- Join the growing movement to bring back the bees and butterflies
- As part of its new Pollinator Health Action Plan, the Ontario government has proposed regulations that will reduce the use of neonicotinoid-treated soy and corn seeds by 80 per cent by 2017. Read about it here.