How the Honeybee Decline Threatens Gardens and Food Supplies

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Thu, Apr, 09, 2015 @ 16:04 PM


Rodale Institute is talking honeybees on the upcoming #plantchat. With the current honeybee crisis, it's timely to look at the role of honeybees and related pollinators in agriculture, horticulture and just plain economics! The list of crops that would fail to be pollinated if there were no bees is a long one; plants with showy flowers are meant to attract pollinators, thus bringing about fertilization and fruit set, and ultimately impacting our own garden's harvest.  

Since beekeepers first sounded the alarm around 2006, and with an estimated one third of vanished colonies, do you think it is time for the U.S. government to step in and do more to protect honeybees? What first had experiences have you had with honeybee decline?  It's another great topic and discussion in store on #plantchat! 

You're Invited to Tweet

Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, Aaron Kinsman of Rodale Institute@RodaleInstitute who will host this topic.  The live chat begins Monday, April 13, 2015 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview 

5 Key Discussion Points about Honeybees: 

What do honey bees do for us in our gardens and food supply? 

What is the current state of the honeybee population? 

What is causing the collapse of honeybee colonies? 

Can anything bee done to reverse the trend? 

Honeybee Resources from Rodale Institute

Join the Conversation

Plantchat logo on Corona Tools

Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries. 

photos courtesy of Rodale Institute

Topics: Corona Tools, Colony Collapse Disorder, #Plantchat, Rodale Institute, Role of Honeybees

The Buzz on Honey Bees in the Garden and Landscape

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Feb, 10, 2014 @ 19:02 PM

"Honey, Bee Mine"

#Landscapechat on TwitterJoin the buzz this Wednesday Feb. 12 on Twitter for #Landscapechat. This week’s topic is Honey, Bee Mine and is all about honey bees, the important pollinators. Learn why the honey bees are disappearing and how this is affecting both food supplies and the environment. Live Q&A on #Landscapechat will provide a summary of the problem as well as sweet insights on how the backyard beekeeper and gardener can become part of the solution. Experts will wax eloquent on plans to combat this crisis such as the Rodale Institute’s Honeybee Conservancy. 

Chat LIVE on Twitter

Join @CoronaTools and #landscapechat co-partner, Aaron Kinsman, media relations specialist @RodaleInstitute for this week's topic Honey, Bee Mine. The live chat begins February 12, 2014 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow landscape tweeps each week to discuss all things related to landscape, since 2011.  

Rodale Institute Honeybee StewardInstructor Meme Thomas displays a healthy hive during Rodale Institute’s Honeybee Conservancy class.  

Discussion Overview

Some of the key takeaways that will be covered during  the live chat include: 

Busy Bees - learn about their vast contributions to plants and the economy

Bee Decline - state of the bee colonies/ populations and suspected culprits that are killing bees

Give Bees a Helping Hand – strategies to help improve the bee numbers

Bees Make Good Neighbors - becoming a backyard beekeeper and why it's important

Get Involved - Beekeeper Class at the Rodale Institute, plus other resources to learn more 

Join the Conversation

Don’t miss out on this exciting topic as we welcome the Rodale Institute's Honeybee Conservancy to the #landscapechat community! Just sign into #landscapechat Nurph with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. It will automatically add the hastag to all your tweets too.

If you do miss the chat, you can still access the complete replay on Nurph or on our Storify transcript; both are available 24/7 following the live chat. and include all the information and links shared during the discussion.

Come join us on this sweet topic to learn more and chat live on #Landscapechat!

Topics: #Landscapechat, honeybees, beekeeping, bee decline, Colony Collapse Disorder, home gardeners

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