Making Contact, for September 23, 2011 - 1:30pm
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Honey bees help pollinate 1 in every 3 bites that we eat….They are vital in our agricultural industry and essential for the survival of the almost 7 billion people who inhabit this planet. And, as the world’s population continues to grow so does our reliance on honey bees. But most pollinating insects throughout the world are endangered today. Including the honey bee. On this edition, honey bees fight to survive amidst a rapidly changing landscape filled with pesticides and parasites. We’ll learn the latest about colony collapse disorder and hear from beekeepers, researchers and gardeners who are trying to protect them.
Special thanks to the producers of Vanishing of The Bees.
Featuring: Hannah Nordhaus, author of the Beekeepers Lament- How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed the World; Gretchen Lebuhn, San Francisco State University Professor & Founder of The Great Sunflower Project; John Miller, migratory beekeeper; Brian Johnson, University of California, Davis’s Entomology Professor; Bill Rhodes, David Hackenberg, beekeepers; Dee Lusby, Organic Beekeeping discussion group founder; Dennis Van Engelsdorp, Penn State University Entomology scientist; Vince Rosato, Great Sunflower project participant; Khaled Almaghafi, beekeeper & Bee Healthy Honey Shop owner.
For More Information:
Vanishing of the Bees
The Beekeeper's Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America
Bee Healthy Honey Shop
Harry Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at the University of California at Davis
The Great Sunflower Project
Organic Beekeeping Society
Attracting Native Pollinators