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This is what your grocery store looks like without honeybees.

Updated: Jun 1, 2023

I found this from 2013. The information is true in 2020 as it was in 2013

PROVIDENCE, RI (June 14, 2013) – One of every three bites of food comes from plants pollinated by honeybees and other pollinators, and pollinator populations are facing massive declines. At Whole Foods Market in University Heights, Rhode Island, some customers recently found out just how this may affect their lives.

To raise awareness of just how crucial pollinators are to our food system, the University Heights Whole Foods Market store removed all produce that comes from plants dependent on honeybees and other pollinators:

The before-and-after photo (above) is shocking – as are the statistics. Whole Foods Market’s produce team pulled from shelves 237 of 453 products – 52 percent of the normal product mix in the department. Among the removed products were some of the most popular produce items:

Apples Onions Avocados Carrots Mangos Lemons Limes Honeydew Cantaloupe Zucchini Summer squash Eggplant Cucumbers Celery Green onions Cauliflower Leeks Bok choy Kale Broccoli Broccoli rabe Mustard greens

Whole Foods has a site devoted to bees https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/pollinators

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