World Bee Day | Protecting Our Pollinators (May 15) - Shared screen with speaker view
FAO North America
We just watched a preview of the documentary “The Pollinators” directed by Peter Nelson. Learn more here: https://www.thepollinators.net/festivals
FAO North America
Please use the Q&A box to submit your questions, stating your name and affiliation, and to whom your question is directed to.
David Inouye
Unfortunately there is still a lot of neonic use in the USA. Almost all corn, wheat, and soybean seeds are coated with them before planting. Consumers are beginning to put some pressure on horticultural growers not to use them on plants sold for flower gardens. So the USA has not yet reached the stage the EU has, of being willing to institute a ban.
Kafkas Caprazli
What statistics should governments collect & publish? How would that be used best in your view?
David Inouye
The statistics are only as good as the data behind them, and unfortunately we don't have enough information about the status of native pollinators. Where there is enough information, it can be used to help shape policy to protect them.
Beatrice Olivastri
As of 2019, we were able to report most of the major garden centres were selling neonic-free plants. Good news in advance of any ban in Canada. However, we have not yet started assessment of what replacement pesticides are in use. Is anyone assessing replacements pesticides in horticulture? Be a Olivastri Friends of the Earth Canada
David Inouye
I think more emphasis on organic farming will help with reducing use of pesticides in horticulture.
FAO North America
Please use the Q&A box to ask your questions, stating your name and affiliation, and to whom your question is directed to. Thanks!
David Inouye
Alien species can bring in diseases and parasites that can spread to native species. They may also become competitors.
Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
California farmers have urged a ban of neonicotinoid pesticides such as imidacloprid and others produced by Bayer/Monsanto http://www.panna.org/blog/guest-blog-farm-communities-stand-pollinators
Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
A great resource for people to join the movement to protect pollinators: create a Honey Bee Haven, map your haven and urge your governor to protect pollinators with policies to halt use of bee-toxic pesticides & provide habitat: http://www.honeybeehaven.org/
Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
And of course Pesticide Action Network’s “Save our Bees” website: http://www.panna.org/our-campaigns/save-our-bees
FAO North America
Learn more about FAO's Global Action on Pollination Services for Sustainable Agriculture http://www.fao.org/pollination/en/
Steve Rogenstein
We’ve just launched a global citizen-science project to study untreated, unmanaged, and/or free-living honey bee colonies to better understand the biological, behavioral, and environmental traits of survivorship. www.HoneyBeeWatch.com
Kafkas Caprazli
FAO North America
Learn more about the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign: https://www.pollinator.org/nappc
FAO North America
Learn more about the Pollinator Partnership https://www.pollinator.org/
FAO North America
Learn more about Apimondia, the International Federation of Beekeepers' Associations https://www.apimondia.com/en/
Riccardo Jannoni
Apimondia just released a survey on the impact of COVID-19 on the beekeeping sector
Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
Another great resource is Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a science-based non-profit organization with programs on pollinator conservation & reducing pesticide use & impacts. They also have programs of community science, attracting native pollinators, science of pesticide harms to bees, policy actions. http://xerces.org/ See also
Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
Francis Steyn
Great Webinar chaps thanks a million. We have started looking at all our pollinators in South Africa, and it is extremely exciting especially all the different types. The newest thought is a pollinator plan for each farm as a standard good practice. Greetings
Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
More about Dr. Susan Kegley (featured in the film), the scientist, founder of The Pesticide Research Institute with decades of experience as an environmental chemist and now also a successful beekeeper /owner of Bees n Blooms Farm in Santa Rosa, CA: https://www.pressdemocrat.com/lifestyle/8647362-181/with-research-and-a-labyrinth and https://beesnblooms.com
Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
Excellent webinar. Many thanks to all the presenters and to FAO NA for organizing this!
FAO North America
Thank you for joining today’s webinar on Protecting Our Pollinators!Stay tuned for World Bee Day on May 20 (http://www.fao.org/world-bee-day), and the National Pollinator Week, June 22-28, 2020 (https://www.pollinator.org/pollinator-week)!
Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
From Pesticide Action Network’s GroundTruth blog: Protecting bees and their keepers in Minnesota (featuring Pollnate Minnesota): http://www.panna.org/blog/protecting-bees-and-their-keepers-minnesota
Tejaswini Kadgaonkar
Excellent webinar. Thanks to all the Panelists and FAO NA
Ashwani Vasishth
Can the Chat window text be saved and shared with us, with the recording and other material, please?
FAO North America
Thank you for joining today’s webinar on Protecting Our Pollinators! You can find other upcoming webinars here: http://www.fao.org/north-america/en/
Terrific webinar, my thanks to all participants
Lucas Landi
Thank you to FAO NA, excellent webinar