Greetings from New Orleans!
This week marks the first-ever observance of World Bee Day, courtesy of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). World Bee Day spotlights the indispensable role that bees play in the global food system and raises awareness for the current threats that bee populations face from climate change and industrial agriculture.
Beyond honey, bees contribute to the production of 87 different food crops by acting as pollinators and stimulating plants to produce their strawberries, tomatoes, or coffee beans. Due to climate change and the impact of pesticides from industrial agriculture, the habitats for many bee populations have declined dramatically in the last twenty years, which could indicate a crisis for food systems globally. Greater awareness for this issue is leading to important work from organizations such as FAO, the Pollinators Partnership, and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
If you are in Washington, D.C. this week, Nabeeha Kazi—the President & CEO of Humanitas Global and Food Tank Board Member—will be moderating an event hosted by the FAO titled “World Bee Day: A Call for Global Action.” The event will take place on Thursday, May 24, at 9:00 am at the FAO Liaison Office at 2121 K Street NW.
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