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1096: Pollinators or Pesticides
Madeleine Carnemark, Pollinator Program and Policy Coordinator at the Center for Food Safety
& University of California Student of Envioronmental Studies Olivia Duncan
Can we grow food with bees and pesticides?
Food Chain Radio’s intern producer Olivia Duncan will be graduating from the University of California with a degree in Environmental Studies.
As her final assignment for the Food Chain, she was asked to produce a story she believed would be of interest to the public.
After some thought, she settled on bees, as she had become acquainted with the honey business while a student studying abroad in New Zealand.
Producer: “Bees are a very important, but what about them would be interesting enough to capture and hold an audience.”
Intern: “Well, bees are responsible for about one-third of the food we eat, but their colonies are collapsing all across the country.”
Producer: “Do we know why bee colonies are collapsing?”
Intern: “A lot of people suspect its because of the neonicotinoid pesticides used to grow food. It’s the most-used pesticide in the world!”
Producer: “So, we rely on pesticides to grow plants pollinated by the bees responsible for one-third of our food. Do you think you can make a good story out of that?”
Food Chain Radio & Forums #1,096 Pollinators or Pesticides (Tags: Madeleine Carnemark, Pollinator Program and Policy Coordinator at the Center for Food Safety University of California Environmental Studies Intern Producer Olivia Duncan, Colony Collapse disorder, neonicotinoid pesticides)