BILLINGS, N.Y. — If you’re one of those people who likes to watch bees, then you’ve probably watched this video a couple of times: A man in his 60s, who also happens to be a beekeeper, takes bees to a field to pollinate it.
The man then puts a small jar of pollen on the hive and watches it pollinate a bee, as if to say, “Here we go!”
But what does it really mean to have bees pollinate?
What is it that bees do that humans can’t do?
A new documentary, Bees for Pollination, explores the topic and asks these questions and more.
Watch it below:”This is not a new thing,” says beekeeper Michael Fiske.
“People have been doing it for centuries.”
This is a man who, in his own words, knows bees well, including their duties and importance in the food chain.
So when I asked him about his work, Fiskel said that bees are part of the food system.
“They’re important to the whole system,” he said.
“But they’re not a primary component of our food system.”
Bees also provide pollination to plants, such as broccoli and spinach, that need the help of pollination.
“That’s the most important thing, to be able to provide some sort of pollinator,” he says.
The bees also help pollinate crops such as corn and soybeans.
“The most important bee to me is not just for me, but for the whole of the agricultural sector,” Fiskell says.
“It’s the reason we’re all doing so well right now.”
A video by the Beekeepers’ Network is titled, “Bees for Pollinating: An American Story.”
This is an audio interview that was edited and condensed.
Listen to it below.
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