Whole Foods Shows What a Salad Bar Would Be Like Without Bees

As the number of honeybees continues to decline, a Whole Foods store in Berkeley, California, has temporarily removed all the pollinator-produced foods from its salad bar to demonstrate just how important bees are in our daily lives. The result is no tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, beetroot, strawberries, broccoli, onions, or parmesan cheese, basically leaving just olives and mushrooms.

They also did the same thing with smoothies, removing blueberries, strawberries, apple juice, milk, and almond butter from the recipes, which left them with just the ice. An attempt to make guacamole resulted in an empty bowl with a little bit of lime juice and salt.

"Pollinators are among the most important stakeholders in our supply chain," said Errol Schweizer, Whole Foods' global executive grocery coordinator. "They produce one-third of the world's food crops—like almonds, chocolate, coffee—one in three bites of food. There really is no grocery business without pollinators. We need to figure this out. Anyone who eats should really care."

Whole Foods is also working with suppliers to support farming practices that increase the bee population, removing pesticides that are linked to pollinator deaths. "It doesn't seem to be a huge shift," added Schweizer. "You're not going to have to plant wildflowers every year, once you get those going they're perennial. So we're hoping people seeing there's a greater upside than the initial investment."

Source: Co. Exist
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