Bees: The Threatened Link in Food Security

Thursday, 05 April 2012 09:41 By Esther Manilla, National Radio Project | Radio Report
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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. Unfortunately, most pollinating insects throughout the world are endangered today, including the honey bee. On this edition, we’ll discuss the honey bee’s fight to survive amidst a rapidly changing landscape filled with pesticides and parasites. We will also learn the latest about colony collapse disorder and hear from beekeepers, researchers, and gardeners who are trying to protect them.


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.

Special thanks to the producers of Vanishing of The Bees and Claire Schoen.

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Esther Manilla

Esther Manilla is Interim Producer for the National Radio Project. Esther has been working in radio for the past ten years as a producer and production assistant. Her work has been featured on NPR’s Next Generation, KALW and other NPR affiliate stations as well as Pacifica Radio Network. In June of 2008 she was recognized with the Project Censored Award for the historic broadcast of Winter Soldier, Iraq & Afghanistan 2008, Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations. She is the former producer for KPFA’s Morning Show and currently volunteers as a segment producer for La Raza Chronicles and music host at KPFA 94.1 FM. She graduated from San Francisco State University in 2007 with double Bachelors Degree in Broadcasting Electronic Communication Arts and in LA RAZA/Latino studies.   Born and raised in Los Angeles, she is a strong advocate for the arts and serves on the Board for La Pena Arts and Cultural Center and continues her own artistic endeavors thru music, photography & media.


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