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It’s easy to take the food that appears before us for granted particularly during the holidays. However, there is one really important creature responsible for much of our favorite Thanksgiving fare: bees.
Bee pollination is a $20 billion to $30 billion per year contributor to U.S. agriculture and vital to the majority of fruit and vegetables we enjoy throughout the year.
Unfortunately, bees are at risk from habitat invasion, climate change and the excessive use of harmful pesticides called neonicotinoids. Some countries are taking the lead in banning these chemicals. For example, the European Union suspended the use of neonicotinoids last spring.
Here, courtesy of The Environmentalist, are seven traditional Thanksgiving foods that we wouldn’t be enjoying if it weren’t for bees.
6. Vegetables such as squash, brussels sprouts and broccoli
5. Sweet potatoes
4. Pumpkin pie
2. Apple pie
1. Cranberry sauce
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