Value of pollination
Pollination is a vital function for many economically important species in Finland such as oilseed rape, turnip rape, tomato and fruits and berries. The price paid to farmers of oilseed rape and turnip rape has been statistically compiled only since 2009 and the annual fluctuation has been strong. In 2013 the combined value of their yield was 32.8 million euros for the farmers. The gathering income of natural berries has been in rise in recent years. In 2012 the value of the total income was 25.3 million euros.
Successful pollination creates health value by providing additional nutrition. The pollinated plants in human nutrition are an important source of, for example, phytosterol that decreases the concentration of cholesterol in blood, and vitamins.
Intrinsic value of pollination arises from the existence of this ecological function and the existence of species belonging in both Plantae and Animalia that are dependent on this ecological function.
Pollination of economically important species creates prerequisite for many agricultural enterprises. Pollination also affects some popular recreational activities such as berry picking and gardening.
- Updated (13.01.2015)