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Reflections on nature in a garden in France

Claims that only 10% – and not 75% – of crops are pollinator dependent are misleading and dishonest


I was so shocked by this post written by Professor Jeff Ollerton that I wanted to share it.

The Genetic Literacy Project has been asked to take down their version as it contravenes copyright.

Author: afrenchgarden

Born in Scotland I have lived in England, Iran, USA and Greece. The house and land was bought twelve years ago in fulfilment of the dream of living in France that my Francophile husband nurtured. We had spent frequent holidays in France touring the more northerly parts and enjoying the food, scenery, architecture and of course gardens. However, we felt that to retire in France and enjoy a more clement climate than we currently had in Aberdeen we would need to find somewhere south of the river Loire but not too south to make returning to visit the UK onerous. The year 2000 saw us buying our house and setting it up to receive us and the family on holidays. The garden was more a field and we were helped by my son to remove the fencing that had separated the previous owners’ goats, sheep and chickens. We did inherit some lovely old trees and decided to plant more fruit trees that would survive and mature with the minimum of care until we took up permanent residence. The move took place in 2006 and the love hate relation with the “garden” started. There was so much to do in the house that there was little energy left for the hard tasks in the garden. It was very much a slow process and a steep learning curve. Expenditures have been kept to a minimum. The majority of the plants have been cuttings and I try to gather seeds wherever I can. The fruit trees have all been bought but we have tender hearts and cannot resist the little unloved shrub at a discount price and take it as a matter of honour to nurse it back to health. This year I have launched my Blog hoping to reach out to other gardeners in other countries. My aim is to make a garden for people to enjoy, providing shady and sunny spots with plants that enjoy living in this area with its limestone based subsoil and low rainfall in a warm summer. Exchanging ideas and exploring mutual problems will enrich my experience trying to form my French garden.

9 thoughts on “Claims that only 10% – and not 75% – of crops are pollinator dependent are misleading and dishonest

  1. It makes me so angry–and as you’ve pointed out, we don’t have the full story.


    • I try to be well-informed but it is impossible to be an expert on everything. I would like to believe that we are protected by a layer of responsible professionals who protect their domain of interest for the general good but…Amelia


  2. It shows how vigilant we have to be to avoid being taken in by false claims such as the GLP peddles and there’s also plenty of those around the climate crisis.

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  3. Yes, it looks like the data has been twisted to support an agenda. I see the motto of the GLP is ‘science not ideology’ – yet their biggest published donor is the John Templeton Foundation, a religous organization; and their third biggest is Charles Koch, who has a clear political agenda.
    Original publication: https://ourworldindata.org/pollinator-dependence.

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  4. Appalling but not surprising that there is always someone with an impressive title to spread lies like this. It seems that this issue has not been politicized as much as some others. Judy and I recently watched Clarkson’s Farm on tv, which is an odd mix of amusing and appalling. But Clarkson, who is a hard core Tory, at least gave lip service to the reality of the pollinator and insect crisis.

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