Today, there was a big announcement from Grassland Oregon. They are excited to share a new seed mixture that can be used to support sustainable livestock farming. The seed is called Pastures and Pollinators, and it has an increase of pollinators in it that can provide annual flowering covers. Everyone is concerned about the loss of bees and butterflies. However, these new seeds may be the answer that this country has been waiting for.
It is a serious economic issue that habitat loss is causing pollinator decline, and it has been addressed by the agricultural industry. Bees may be a nuisance to some people, but they contribute more than $9 billion to the economy each year. They pollinate crops, which allows them to manage their hives. That contributes over $15 billion to the economy too. The number of bee colonies in the United States has been cut in half over the past fifty years. Another major issue is monarch butterflies. They have declined too. They once had a migration that estimated over 500 million in this country, now they only have about 33 million.
This new seed offers some hope. Livestock farmers will be able to use this blend to feed both their soil and their cattle. It will also create a new, natural habitat for pollinators, which will only help everyone. Creating sustainable farming practices that help us to increase pollinators will secure farming for future generations.
This company has the ability to make a huge impact on sustainable soil resources. Currently, it is estimated that there are more than 400 million acers of farmland throughout the United States. All of this land can be seeded to help prevent further decline in pollinators. It makes people think twice before they swat that honey bee in their way.
Grassland Oregon is a company that wants to give back to agricultural communities far and wide. Any profits made from Pastures and Pollinators will go to further sustainable research to ensure the future is protected. Bees and butterflies are dying off quicker than we can count. Stepping up and doing something about the problem is what must be done. Too many people are sitting idly by and waiting for someone else to do something. People don’t realize how important the bees are for our very survival.