08/20/20 - Endangered Workers Produce $1.5-Billion Dollars A Year In Crops, But They're Not Human
Host and American Family Farmer Doug Stephan www.eastleighfarm.com begins news about how this year's weather is affecting farming from coast to coast. Then, news that sales of irrigation systems are at a ten year high in Doug's home state, Massachusetts. Next, we meet Rachael Winfree. www.winfreelab.com Dr. Winfree is a Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources at Rutgers University. In her work she uses her training as a community ecologist to develop novel and quantitatively rigorous approaches to answering ecological questions. Most of the world's crops depend on honeybees and wild bees for pollination, so declines in both managed and wild bee populations raise concerns about food security. Her findings suggest that adopting practices that conserve or augment wild bees, such as enhancing wildflowers and using managed pollinators other than honey bees, is likely to boost yields. Finally, in Doug's commentary, he notes that $50-Billion dollars are spent annually on "so-called" Organic Foods. However, there is no real proof that imported foods are really Organic.
Duration: 36 min