So much remains to be learned about the contributions of wild bees. And in the face of continuing habitat loss, agriculture is in a position to lose what it does not even know it has. The Wild Farm Alliance recently published a briefing paper called Wild Pollina-tors: Agriculture's Forgotten Partners. Available on their Web site, www.wildfarmalliance.org, this informative piece suggests ways of encouraging native pollinators, chronicles stories of farmers who have successfully done so, and features a list of crops that benefit from native bees. The lessons we are learning from pollinators underscore society's need for the wild. Let's hope that knowledge inspires us to change the way we grow our food and care for our ecosystems.
Wild Farm Alliance