Buzz off? Green Hour Radio says that this is just what our bees are doing.
That age old summer sound of busy bees is getting harder to hear as these crucial pollinators are dying in record numbers. And this is concerning because their buzzing antics are responsible for over 1/3 of the food that lands on our plates – apples, watermelon, peppers, strawberries, cantaloupes, pears, blueberries, almonds and avocados – and many more fruits and vegetables depend on bees’ hard work. They are important for summer barbecues but also for our bottom line, pollinating over $15 billion crops in the US annually.
And it’s not just bees. Other pollinators like bats, butterflies, and moths, are also under duress. The Monarch Butterfly, an iconic species and important long distance pollinator, has dwindled to such critical levels that the US Government has launched a “Save the Monarch” campaign.
What’s going on? Can we stop it? What does it mean for the biodiversity that underpins our natural world? What does it mean for us?
Find out on Monday night (July 20th) from Green Hour Radio’s guests: Adya Beasley, Emmy-award winning producer of a film on commercial bee-keeping; Miles Arnott, Executive Director of Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve; Katherine Dresdner, Lawyer who is fighting piplelines in the area, and a Master Gardner who is heavily involved with the Monarch Highway Project.
You can listen to the in-depth discussion at www.panjradio.com at 6pm Monday or, if you’re bzzz-y that night, you can listen throughout the week at 3 and 6pm.