Bees are an important part of our agriculture and contribute to the pollination of around 30 percent of all crops in the world. This means that humans have a keen interest in protecting bees from insecticides, predators, habitat loss, and other factors that have caused populations to decrease worldwide in recent years. Legislators in Minnesota are taking steps to help bees by encouraging homeowners to grow food sources for insects on their property, the Star Tribune The law, signed by Governor Tim Walz, sees an annual budget of $ 900,000 US dollars, which allows the state's inhabitants to turn their lawns into beekeeping areas. The program specifically aims to increase the rusty bumblebee, a midwestern pollinator whose population has dropped 87 percent over the past two decades.
With the entry into force of the law, homeowners can apply for financial support Plant their bees-friendly turf, with 75 percent of the cost for most projects and up to 90 percent in areas that are particularly suitable for rusty bees. Approved land is planted with "native vegetation and pollinator-friendly herbs and legumes" according to the bill. Small common flowers that many homeowners try to eradicate, such as Dutch white clover and dandelion, are some of the most attractive pollen sources for bees.
It is still unclear when Minnesotans will be able to claim the new law. The State Agency for Water and Soil Resources will support local conservation organizations that distribute funds to individual landowners. State Representative Kelly Morrison, who introduced the law, said she hopes the law will come into effect next spring.
The bee-friendly lawn program is just one way people around the world are taking action to save the bee population. In 201
[h/t Star Tribune]