Ohio State University Teaches Kids About Bugs
Pollination by insects is called entomophily.
Not all bugs are bad. Bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, moths are essential when it comes to pollinating crops. Forget about honey, there won't even be any apples or almonds if there aren't any bees to pollinate the flowers. Even bats, birds, and humming birds pollinate so that we can enjoy a wide range of fruits, veggies, and nuts.
More than 600 central Ohio students recently spent a day at OSU's College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences for the Scarlet and Gray Ag Day and learned all about the many facets of agriculture.
The entomology display taught children about the various insects and their roles in nature and in agriculture.
The students learned about topics they normally wouldn't come across in their school curriculum.
This is a great opportunity to reduce the disconnect between people and their understanding of how much our food supply depends of a healthy ecosystem.
Such programs allow children and adults to become more aware of the importance of all forms of life in the ecology when it comes to food production.
Exposure to farm practices and environmental concerns that threaten our food supply in a fragile ecology is important because by 2050, there will be 11 billion people on this planet that need feeding.
Since agriculture provides food, clothing, building material, and much more, consumers need to be knowledgeable about the complexity of agricultural topics that include bioenergy, world hunger, and food security.
Adults and children need to stay informed, if only to truly appreciate what mother nature gives us and to tread lighter on this earth so as not to damage its life-sustaining properties.