STATES CHRONICLE – A Cheerios campaign tries to raise awareness regarding the fact that bees represent an endangered species and we should work together to save them. The cereal company is bound to offer free seeds to plant wildflowers to help bees survive. Nevertheless, some local specialists indicate towards other methods to support healthy bee populations in Manitoba.
Bees play an important role in agriculture and food industry
The Cheerios campaign is called “Bring Back the Bees, ” and every box of cereals has a free seed packet, from P.E.I.’s Veseys Seeds attached, raising awareness considering the importance of bees as significant pollinators. However, these good intentions have been analyzed by researchers and people are wondering whether they are genetically altered or if they at least include species of plants which are invasive.
Veseys Seeds denied all these claims. A horticulturist from Manitoba argued that these planets are non-invasive. Kaaren Pearce, the horticulture director of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, stated that she is glad to see that people struggle for conservation efforts, learning that their gardens can become an ecosystem. Pearce looked at the list of seeds provided by Veseys and stated that some of the plants are from Europe while most of them originate in North America.
The Cheerios campaign encourages people to protect and save bees
In Manitoba, the park is bound to develop and preserve areas with flowers for pollinators, including locations around the Butterfly Garden and the English Garden from the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden, among other similar areas around the park’s edges. Pearce stated that encouraging the protection and development of pollinators does not only consist in planting flowers and collecting pollen. The plant needs to have good leaf litter.
These plants should also be food sources for young pollinators, and they should also have spaces for pollinators to winter. She also argued that the category of pollinators does not only refer to honey bees, but also to butterflies, moths, wasps and some birds. Rheal Lafreniere, who is an apiarist with Manitoba Agriculture, argued that all the bees in the province rely on agriculture areas.
He also stated that encouraging everyone to support the campaign for pollinators is a big step towards achieving at least a small phase of the major goal. They want to increase urban beekeeping to save the bees. Everyone should realize that the role of bees is significant in agriculture and the food industry.
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