It is hard to get all worked up over an insect, much less one that will sting you, until you realize how much of the good stuff at the supermarket depends on pollination from bees ("Pesticide, EPA faulted in bee die-off," April 1).
One way Minnesotans can show solidarity with local beekeepers is to walk by those cheap, tasteless tomatoes that are shipped in from Florida while they are still green, firm and hard like a baseball, gassed until they turn red, then passed off as edible.
Instead, buy Minnesota-grown tomatoes. These succulent delicacies are picked fresh and are grown year round in greenhouses. Because these plants exist in a protected environment, growers do not use herbicides and pesticides.
This means healthier food for your family, and healthier bee colonies, too. Do yourself and your six-legged friends a favor and buy Minnesota-grown tomatoes.
BENJAMIN CHERRYHOMES, HASTINGS
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