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One Planet: What's being done to save the bees?

The Pollinators

On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll have a conversation with documentarian Peter Nelson about his new film The Pollinators. The documentary is a cinematic journey around the United States following migratory beekeepers and their truckloads of honey bees as they pollinate the flowers that become the fruits, nuts, and vegetables we all eat.

Honey bees are dying in record numbers due to parasites, pesticides, and poor nutrition – and beekeepers and farmers are worried. What are they doing to protect bees?



Peter Nelson, filmmaker/cinematographer, bee-keeper and director of The Pollinators

Ben Sallmann, member of the Pacific Northwest Tech Team at the Bee Informed Partnership

Web Resources:

San Francisco Documentary Film Festival

The Pollinators

The NY Times: Plan Bee: The Rise of Alternative Pollinators

Washington Post: The Energy 202: EPA blocks a dozen products containing pesticides thought harmful to bees    

The Guardian: EU agrees total ban on bee-harming pesticides


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.