National Pollinator Week: Bring Back the Pollinators

Jun 19, 2015

One out of every three mouthfuls of food comes from a plant that required some sort of pollination, so the declining populations of pollinators across the country is a cause for concern, says Iowa State University entomologist Donald Lewis.

“Since 2006, on the action of the U.S. Senate, there is this week in June when we are supposed to focus on pollinators,” says Lewis. “We have changed the habitat around us that are depending on a variety of flowers, and forms are struggling. That’s the point of National Pollinator Week – bring back the pollinators.”

During this Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Lewis. DNR District Forester Mark Vitosh and Iowa State University Extension horticulture expert Richard Jauron also join the conversation and answer listener questions.