In this episode of Sustainability Further Lottie interviews Jack Stern, urban beekeeper and founder of Bee One Third. Their mission is not only to help promote the wellbeing of all pollinators, but to reconnect people with their local community. Since launching in 2012, the Bee One Third neighborhood honey now has 150 beehives under their stewardship and growing! Jack and I talk about the importance of bees in our daily life, his journey to date, and what the future holds for Be One Third.
We all seem to have an idea about how bees are important, but it's not necessarily very well understood. Jack explains why bees are the most important living being on the planet (without giving them a big ego), and how pollination is vital to almost every living organism on earth.
Bees visit 4.5 million flowers to help make up one jar of honey and can smell nectar up to two kilometers away. But bees are extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and global global warming with many experts citing that bees have been disappearing since as early as the 1990s.
Bee One Third started with the premise of educating people here in urban areas around the importance of bees and the role they played within our ecosystem, our broader ecosystem and in particular our food system.
Want to find out more? Listen to the full episode below.