Seven million acres of bee habitat will be restored over the next five years in an effort by the federal government to reverse the decline of the United States’ honeybee population. The matter is urgent: beekeepers lost more than 40 percent of their colonies in 2014 according to a federal report. The plan also calls for investing more money in research. But some environmentalists say bolder action is needed, including restrictions on pesticides that studies have linked to honeybee colony collapse disorder. We’ll discuss President Obama’s plan as well as the impact the drought is having on the state’s bees.
Claire Kremen, professor of environmental science, policy and management at UC Berkeley and faculty director at the Berkeley Food Institute
Eric Mussen, extension apiculturist emeritus at the UC Davis Department of Entomology
Kendal Sager, education and outreach coordinator for the Beekeepers Guild of San Mateo County
Lori Ann Burd, environmental health director and staff attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity