Whole Foods wanted to raise awareness of how important pollinators are to the food system. The organic grocer's University Heights store temporarily removed all produce that comes from plants dependent on pollinators.
That meant 237 of 453 products – 52 percent of the department's normal product mix – was pulled from the shelves (see photo bottom right).
Declines in bee populations have threatened the availability of many fresh ingredients.
Products removed from the store's shelves included apples, avocados, onions, carrots and lemons.
Whole Foods announced that it will donate 10 cents for eery pound of organic summer squash sold at Whole Foods stores from June 12-25 to The Xerces Society for pollinator preservation.
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