Hall County Master Gardener Karin Hicks led a discussion about the role of pollinators in food production at a Brenau University Garden Society workshop Feb. 11.
She explained how many different animals – including bees, spiders, birds and even a few mammals – play pivotal parts in the pollination of flowers, which in turns, greatly impacts crop production.
Hicks said many pesticides have the adverse effect of killing both pesky insects and those that are helpful in the pollination process. She advised B.U.G.S. members to look for a new Environmental Protection Agency warning label when purchasing plants and to opt for organic nurseries when possible.