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Editorial: Thank a bee today

In summers of yesteryear, children ran barefoot through the grass and enjoyed feeling the soft earth and clover under their feet. They enjoyed themselves, that is, until they stepped on a bee, feeding on the clover blossoms.

We are not sure about children’s barefoot-in-the-summer habits these days, but it’s a good bet that their feet are pretty safe from bees in the clover.

We have read about beehive collapse and loss of habitat areas that attract birds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators. And then we read a statement like this from the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation: “According to the nonprofit Pollinator Partnership, more than 75% of all flowering plants on Earth need help with pollination” from bees, birds, butterflies and other living creatures.

Without pollination, our food supply would collapse as well.

Next week, June 21-27, is National Pollinator Week, an observance that won’t be recognized by the bees and hummingbirds going about their daily routines. We cou...

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