Opinion: State must play critical role in pollinator protection

KELLY MOOIJ / NJ SPOTLIGHT – Pollinators — animals that move pollen from one plant to another while feeding — enable the production of fruits and seeds through plant fertilization. This not only provides food sources crucial to native wildlife, nearly one third of the food we eat requires pollination. Most pollinators are flying insects such as bees, wasps and butterflies as well as flies and beetles, and like other wildlife, are greatly impacted by habitat loss, growing populations of invasive non-native species, a changing climate and other threats such as disease …

Kelly Mooij is vice president for government relations at New Jersey Audubon.

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