Bees, Green Lawns, “Perfect” Apples, & the Reinvention of Farming (Ep.132)


  • Peter & Sally’s background (2:57)
  • What is The Pollinators about? (5:48)
  • Why are bees so important? (7:27)
  • The process of pollination (10:39)
  • Why are bees being moved around the country? (13:37)
  • Why are bees dying? (19:54)
  • Seasonality (23:47)
  • Pesticides (30:08)
  • What can each of us do? (37:20)
  • What systemic changes need to happen? (44:21)

Last week on the show we talked to Sanjay Rawal about his new film, Gather, which examines the growing food sovereignty movement among Native American tribes across the United States.

And this week, we are once again talking about food, but this time we are talking about why and how we need to re-invent the way that food is being grown and farmed, and the critical role that bees play in all of this.

Our guests are Peter Nelson and Sally Roy who have made the film, The Pollinators, which tells the fascinating and interconnected story of bees and beekeeping and soil and farming practices and pesticides and the EPA and almonds and why the perfect apple is not the perfect apple … and a whole lot more. And so while this film might seem like it’s a tiny little movie about bees, it’s actually a gargantuan exploration of why we need to change the way we produce food — literally from the ground up — and what each of us can do to help the cause.

The Pollinators comes out tomorrow, June 16, on most digital platforms, including iTunes / AppleTV, amazon, GooglePlay, VimeoOnDemand, and you can watch the trailer here:

Peter Nelson and Sally Roy discuss their film, The Pollinators, on the Blister Podcast. They discuss the current status of bees, why it very much matters, monoculture, why bees are dying, soil, and much more
A South Dakota Bee Keeper (photo by Peter Nelson)

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