Honey bees

Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Health Of The Honeybees

Honeybee
BotheredByBees Flickr/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

What's happening to all the honeybees? It's a question we've been asking now for years and finding an answer is essential to the health of our environment, food supply and the economy. Honeybees are crucial in pollinating fruits, vegetables and nuts and their numbers have been declining sharply in recent years - about 30 percent of all colonies have died every winter in the U.S. since 2007. The alarming declines are causing many concerns and some are calling it a wake-up call for the U.S. and world. Most recently, President Obama announced a task force of various agencies to create a federal strategy to promote the health of honeybees and other pollinators. We'll talk about the importance of bees, theories about what's happening to them, check in on the health of our local bee populations, explore the implications for agriculture and the economy and find out what we can do in our own backyards.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Loss Of Pollinators

Bee gathering Aloe pollen
Credit Derek Keats / Flickr

We know the world is a giant ecosystem and that we are interconnected with plants and other animals in the food chain. Perhaps the most important connection between man and animals is through pollination. Many of our major crops rely on pollinators to help crop species thrive. Bees, butterflies, other insects and larger animals play crucial roles in the pollination process but bees are disappearing in alarming numbers. Our panel will help us understand the pollination process and the mystery of the disappearing honey bees. 

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