Making Contact

Making Contact – Bees: The Threatened Link in Food Security (Encore)

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

XERCES Society

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

Hannah Nordhaus

Gretchen Lebuhn

Dee Lusby

Articles, Blogs, Reports and Videos:


EU bans GM-contaminated honey from general sale


Globalisation and agriculture industry exacerbating bee decline, says UN


As bee colonies die, beekeepers face challenge finding replacements


Asian Honey, Banned in Europe, Is Flooding U.S. Grocery Shelves


A STICKY BUSINESS: Dakota’s Busy Beekeepers


The Almond and the Bee


As honeybees decline, beekeeping booms By Candace Krebs


Forget climate change – the bees are buzzing off


How sweet it is-The economics of beekeeping in Oakland


The Silence of the Bees


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