The Plight of the Humble Bee by Jen Gale

Here's the first episode of our mini series of podcasts in collaboration with Jen Gale who writes and podcasts about all things Sustainable(ish).

The Plight of the Humble Bee by Jen Gale

We are delighted to be working with Jen Gale for a mini series of podcasts diving into all things organic. To kick things off Jen talks with David and Emma Buckley from Buckley's Bees to discuss the fascinating and complex world of bees. Click on the image of the bee to listen and discover more about the wonderful work of bees, why they are so vital, how organic farming can support them and what we can all do to help them.

About Jen

Jen is ordinary, knackered mum of two whose life changed when she dragged and cajoled the family into a year buying nothing new. That year changed not only what she buys, but also how she sees her place in the world. Jen recognised the power that we all have as individuals to make a difference to the things we care about, simply through getting informed about the impact of our daily choices, and figuring out easy swaps and changes. The family are still (just about) talking to her and they live in Wiltshire where Jen writes and podcasts about all things Sustainable(ish). She is the author of two books: The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide (out now) and The Sustainable(ish) Guide to Green Parenting (out March 2021).

Talking about bees...did you know?

  • Bees and insects are essential pollinators of our food
  • It's estimated that it would cost UK farmers £1.8 billion a year to pollinate their crops manually if wild bees disappeared
  • Bee and insect populations are crashing - every square kilometre in the UK has lost an average of 11 species of bee and hoverfly, between 1980 and 2013
  • In the UK at present there are around 270,000 active honeybee hives, compared to a million in 1900
  • 98% of natural wildflower meadows have been lost in the UK since the early 1900s
  • Plant, insect and bird life is 50% more abundant on organic farms

For more podcasts, ideas, tips, resources and general inspiration on how to live Sustainable(ish), click on the image below to head to Jen's website.

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