The next Cafe Scientifique talk is on beekeeping and the critical role these marvellous insects play in food production – some $9 billion annually, apparently.
Dennis Crowley, president of the Tauranga branch of the National Beekeepers’ Association and himself a commercial beekeeeper, will share his 17 years of experience and talk about what opening up land for agricultural and horticultural production means for bees and, consequently, for us – including why honey production is now best done outside the Western Bay of Plenty.
Three-quarters of the fruit and vegetables we consume need to be pollinated by bees, yet we tend to ignore them as we farm and garden. Regular mowing of orchards and quick-rotation dairy grazing contributes directly to killing bees, while the war against the kiwifruit-killing Psa has enlisted Streptomycin, a chemical banned in the European Union but which may be ending up in local hives and in our honey.
Cafe Scientifique will be on Monday, May 13 at Alimento, 72 First Avenue, Tauranga. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7.15pm start.
For more information email co-organiser Julia Banks.
Café Scientifique is held every 6 weeks and is a forum for exploring science issues, where for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can explore the latest ideas in science and technology. The Tauranga Café Scientifique series is organised by Julia and Warren Banks and supported by the University of Waikato. It aims to promote public engagement and make science accessible.