Natural pollinator numbers are on the decline, leading to environmental concerns

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SPRINGFIELD – Natural pollinators are on the decline, and that could lead to the decrease of food sources, a beekeeper told Ozarks First.

The number of honey bees is not in danger, but other natural pollinators are in decline.

On a local level, Jeff Maddox, president of the Beekeepers Association of the Ozarks, says local honey production is easy to sustain because they can control the number of bees.

Most would be unaware bees and other pollinators are needed for other sources of food besides honey.

“Honey bees are used for pollination and increasing both the quality and quantity of the crops. So things like apples and watermelons and squash need to be pollinated multiple times to form a full fruit,” Maddox said.

The threat of losing natural pollinators is causing concern among beekeepers who see it firsthand.

“People usually do not react to a threat until it comes in their back door and is impacting them directly,” Maddox said. “And this is one of those threats that builds up slowly and slowly and slowly until people aren’t aware of it until it’s too late.”

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