Minnesota State Repre≠sentatives Jean Wagenius (DFL, 63B), Andrew Falk (DFL, 17A) and Rick Hansen (DFL, 52A) were in town at Cure Organization headquarters to hold a pollinator public policy forum midday Friday, Oct. 11. Hansen lead the discourse on pollinator conservation.

Minnesota State Repre­sentatives Jean Wagenius (DFL, 63B), Andrew Falk (DFL, 17A) and Rick Hansen (DFL, 52A) were in town at Cure Organization headquarters to hold a pollinator public policy forum midday Friday, Oct. 11. Hansen lead the discourse on pollinator conservation.

 

Pollinators, like butterflies, moths and particularly honeybees, are integral members of the Minnesota River Basin, doing the part of fertilizing plants by transporting pollen. Hansen spoke of four detriments to health of pollinators - poor habitat, poor nutrition, parasites and pesticides. Pesticides weaken pollinator food sources and habitat, which weakens pollinators that are finished off when fighting parasites below full strength.


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