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butterflies and honeybees

Have you heard of the butterfly effect? It's the idea that one small thing can impact the world in ways we can't even imagine.

The real effect that's unfolding across America? A butterfly not flapping its wings may be putting our survival at risk.

Seems small, right? Butterflies. Honeybees.

So small we often forget how important they are.

They're called pollinators. And, as we leave the Thanksgiving weekend behind, it's worth noting that they're responsible for so much of the bounty we enjoy.

Bees, butterflies, and other pollinators make it possible for much of our food to grow. Without them, it's hard to imagine humans surviving and thriving.

But the pollinators are dying.

That's why I'm committed to standing with the activists and scientists who have been ringing the alarm bell on this problem for too long.

Here's one idea that I've got: our nation's highways run adjacent to so much green space. So let's ensure these spaces are critical pollinator habitats, protected and maintained.

It's a good idea, right? I recently introduced a bipartisan bill to make this idea a reality. After all, Democrats and Republicans all need to eat. We all need to care about our food supply.

By creating thousands of miles of pollinator-friendly habitat across America, we can do just that: fight an all-too-real threat to American agriculture and our food supply.


Posted on December 2, 2019.

Born in the small town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, Jeff Merkley has never lost touch with his working class roots.

As a U.S. Senator, he works every day to create opportunity for working families, stop the corruption of our democracy, and tackle the climate crisis.

A workhorse and a progressive champion, Jeff Merkley is leading a movement to get our country back on track.

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