In commemoration of National Pollinator Week, the Hopkins City Council approved a resolution endorsing “Pollinator-Safe” policies and procedures for the City of Hopkins at its June 21 meeting.
Pollinators are critically important to our ecosystem and to the food we eat. Honeybees provide pollination for a third of the food we eat – most of our fruits, nuts and vegetables, including our community’s signature icon, the raspberry! Although raspberry flowers are self-pollinating, bee activity is still responsible for 90-95% of the pollination necessary for our beloved raspberry fruit.
Scientists agree Minnesota’s pollinators are in decline. Multiple, interacting factors are contributing to declining populations, including pesticides, habitat loss, disease and parasites.
Hopkins City Council and staff feel it’s important to take action to address these factors in our community, including:
Learn more about Minnesota’s pollinators and how you can help them from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.