Sonne Copijn, life long beekeeper, will answer the questions: Why are bees important to all life on earth? What is their relation to the soil food web? How are humans connected to them? Why are 40 percent of bees worldwide on the red list of threatened species? Sonne will explain how an environment fit for bees is an environment fit for everybody.
We will go through:
- Why are bees key in life on earth?
- Who are they: honey bees, bumble bees and wild bees and how do they live
- Bees and the soil food web
- How are bees connected to us and how are we dependent on them
- The main threats for bees
About our Panelists:Sonne Copijn
- What do bees need: ecosystem restoration from the perspective of a bumble bee
was born to a beekeeper and the first tree surgeon in the Netherlands. She studied agricultural economics and ecological agriculture at Wageningen University, and then put that knowledge into practice in Peru and Uganda while working in organic agriculture. Sonne worked with various organizations, including the Louis Bolk Institute, that focus on sustainable agriculture as well as the trade and import of organic agriculture. In 2012, Sonne decided to focus on training others in the art of beekeeping, helping spread knowledge and understanding about these amazing creatures.Dr. Adrienne Godschalx
studied chemical ecology at Portland State University and conducted her PhD research on nitrogen-fixing rhizobia and how a plant’s belowground symbiosis can affect leaf chemistry, and as a result, the plant’s relationship with insects, both herbivore pests and beneficial predators. She pursued her research further as a postdoc at the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland, where she investigated the volatile organic compounds plants emit as signals to microbes and insects. When Adrienne started working as a Mentor for the Soil Food Web School, she was bewildered by the potency of the soil food web in plant health and plant-insect interactions: that leaving the harmful -icides aside and restoring the soil food web can nourish nutrient-rich, naturally-defended plants. Adrienne is thrilled to have a tangible way to engage in symbiosis with the beautiful wild world.