These days about one in three bites of food you eat wouldn’t be possible without commercial bee pollination. And the economic value of insect pollination worldwide is estimated to be about $217 billion. But as important as bees have become for farming, there’s also increasing signs that bees are in trouble. In the decade-plus since the first cases of Colony Collapse Disorder were reported, bees are still dying in record numbers, and important questions remain unanswered.
Over the course of one year, host Adam Allington and environment reporters David Schultz and Tiffany Stecker traveled to all corners of the honeybee ecosystem from Washington, D.C., to the California almond fields, and orchards of the upper Midwest to bring back answers to these questions.
Business of Bees: Live in Seattle
A discussion of the state of pollinator ecology and economics hosted by Adam Allington at the American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual meeting. Guests include Peter Nelson, director of the documentary film, “The Pollinators,” and Donna McDermott, a PhD candidate at Emory University studying the impact of pesticides on bumble bee behavior.
Of Pollinators and Pesticides
Bees are up against a lot these days: a shrinking habitat, invasive mites, Colony Collapse Disorder, and even the pesticides on the crops they help pollinate. Hosts Adam Allington, Tiffany Stecker and David Schultz dig into recent studies that show nectar and pollen contaminated with insecticides may be harming bees much more than previously thought.
Invasion of the Beehive Bodysnatchers
The drastic decline in honeybee populations is no secret. For years, pesticides were thought to be the leading cause of increased die-offs. But new studies suggest that the parasite Varroa destructor, which sounds like it belongs in a sci-fi film, might be affecting bee health more than we thought.
Honeybees Don’t Need to be ‘Saved’
Fluffy black and yellow-striped honeybees are the poster species for environmentalists working to save these struggling insects. But what about the other thousands of bee species pollinating crops and flowers? Hosts Adam Allington and David Schultz explore how the honeybee came to be the classic bee.
How Bees and Farmers Got Together
Commercial honey bees take laps around the U.S. to pollinate fruits, veggies and nuts – and their services aren’t cheap. But they are essential. Hosts Adam Allington and Tiffany Stecker talk with farmers in California about the rising costs of hives and how those traveling bees could be pushing native pollinators out of their habitats.
Hosts Adam Allington and David Schultz take us back to the earliest days of beekeeping in Egypt and tell us how humans and honeybees formed a partnership that has spanned thousands of years and several continents. In addition to the obvious benefits of producing honey, Apis Mellifera, also known as the European honeybee, has also inspired the imagination of thinkers and philosophers from the “land of milk and honey,” up to a 19th century minister who invented the modern beehive.
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This is the best bee podcast for commercial and migratory beekeepers. Very in depth and detailed. Objective and intellectual I’d give it a 6/5 need more episodes!!!
Excellent & Informative.
The best podcast I’ve found about commercial beekeeping. Well produced and great mix of commercial beekeepers, apiarists, and scientists.
Whether you are a beekeeper or just curious, this is amazing!
Love this podcast, there are not enough good ones about bees. I’m a beekeeper and find that most bee podcasts are either way too beginner or way too in depth (so I cant recommend to non beekeepers). This one dives into topics and gets real scientists to come in and talk, all while keeping it fun and exciting.
Thanks so much, I hope you keep this going! Bees need help and the more people fall in love with them and respect them the better the world will bee