Bees: Global and Local Influences on our Food Supply


by Charles Platkin

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Bees: Global and Local Influences
on our Food Supply

Bees’ work contributes to approximately 30% of our global food supply. The NYC Food Policy Center discussed the importance of these insects and the potential impact of their widespread death (colony collapse disorder) on our food supply.  We’ll look into the intricacies of local beekeeping and the effects of genetic modification on bee colonies. Participate in a dialog about what policies and large-scale interventions–locally and internationally–may be effective in ensuring the future health of bee colonies. Panelists included Andrew Cote, local beekeeper and founder of the New York City Beekeepers Association; Jennifer Sonntag Beekeeper at Natural Resource Defense Council; Nadia Johnson, Food Justice Coordinator at Just Food; and Markus Imhoof, Director/Writer of “More  Than Honey,” a film about the significance of bees.

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