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Virtual Nordic Talks: Preventing the Collapse of Colonies: Saving Bees and the Global Food Supply

Date & Time

Sat, Jul 17, 2021
2:00pm - 3:00pm PST

Location

This is a virtual event

The National Nordic Museum will host a series of Nordic Talks, sponsored by the Nordic Council of Ministers, focused on the theme of food security and sustainability. During these talks, leading innovators and advocates for sustainable food practices and conservation will discuss solutions to contemporary issues in the areas of fine dining, food processing and packaging, and agriculture. The Museum has invited leaders from the Nordic region and the State of Washington to participate in this series of talks which will increase awareness and inspire positive actions for a more secure and sustainable world.

This series of talks consists of thematic panels led by industry leaders from the Nordic region and the United States, and discusses clever solutions to timely problems in the areas of fine dining, food processing and packaging, and agriculture. The talks in this series will be conducted virtually. 

Panel Three: Preventing the Collapse of Colonies: Saving Bees and the Global Food Supply

This panel will move beyond discussions of food consumption to address the first step in the cultivation of plant-based foods. Panelists from Washington State University and the Nordic countries will discuss efforts to combat declining populations of the world’s most important pollinator—bees.

Read about all 4 talks in the series here

Cost: Free; RSVP to receive the link

Collage of speakers for Nordic Talks event

 

Moderator:

  • Bob Redmond
  • Owner, Urban Bee Company; Founder, The Common Acre, Seattle, Washington

With 14 years experience tending honey bees—at one time managing 150 colonies—Bob Redmond has been a leader in pollinator conservation and habitat restoration. Founder of the non-profit The Common Acre, which restores acres of pollinator habitat, he was also co-Primary Investigator on a four-year USDA study (led by Washington State University), and instigated the Flight Path and Green Line projects with Sea-Tac airport and Seattle City Light. Since 2009, Bob has operated The Urban Bee Company—newly dubbed "Survivor Bee" to reflect his focus on bee health. The Urban Bee Company manages apiaries in backyards, community gardens, and family farms. A Master Beekeeper candidate, former Trustee of the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association, and past Board President of Certified Naturally Grown, Redmond lives in South Seattle.

Panelists:

  • Melanie Kirby
  • Professional Apiculturist, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Melanie Kirby has been keeping bees professionally (apiculturist) since 1997, beginning first as a Beekeeping Extensionist Volunteer for the United States Peace Corps stationed in Paraguay, South America. After her return to the States, she worked for two large commercial queen honeybee rearing operations in Hawaii. She returned to Paraguay and served as the beekeeping extensionist trainer for aspiring volunteers in 2003. She then worked for a migratory beekeeper in Florida. In 2005, she established Zia Queenbees Farm & Field Institute, which specializes in chemical-free management and longevity-based selection and breeding of queen honey bees. In 2013, Kirby served as the Western Apicultural Society of North America President.

  • Maria Kjetså
  • Advisor, Farm Animals, Nordgen, Ås, Norway

Maria Kjetså earned a MSc in animal breeding and genetics. Currently, she is working on a PhD in genomics/genomic selection. She has worked mostly with farm animal species, but since assuming the position as a researcher at NordGen in August 2020, she has been a co-organizer of the Nordic Brown Bee Network, a network of researchers and brown bee keepers in the Nordic region. She is currently part of a project group that is working on genomic characterization of the Norwegian Brown Bee population.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Norwegian Embassy Logo

Nordic Council of Ministers

The National Nordic Museum will host a series of Nordic Talks, sponsored by the Nordic Council of Ministers, focused on the theme of food security and sustainability. During these talks, leading innovators and advocates for sustainable food practices and conservation will discuss solutions to contemporary issues in the areas of fine dining, food processing and packaging, and agriculture. The Museum has invited leaders from the Nordic region and the State of Washington to participate in this series of talks which will increase awareness and inspire positive actions for a more secure and sustainable world.

This series of talks consists of thematic panels led by industry leaders from the Nordic region and the United States, and discusses clever solutions to timely problems in the areas of fine dining, food processing and packaging, and agriculture. The talks in this series will be conducted virtually. 

Panel Three: Preventing the Collapse of Colonies: Saving Bees and the Global Food Supply

This panel will move beyond discussions of food consumption to address the first step in the cultivation of plant-based foods. Panelists from Washington State University and the Nordic countries will discuss efforts to combat declining populations of the world’s most important pollinator—bees.

Read about all 4 talks in the series here

Cost: Free; RSVP to receive the link

Collage of speakers for Nordic Talks event

 

Moderator:

  • Bob Redmond
  • Owner, Urban Bee Company; Founder, The Common Acre, Seattle, Washington

With 14 years experience tending honey bees—at one time managing 150 colonies—Bob Redmond has been a leader in pollinator conservation and habitat restoration. Founder of the non-profit The Common Acre, which restores acres of pollinator habitat, he was also co-Primary Investigator on a four-year USDA study (led by Washington State University), and instigated the Flight Path and Green Line projects with Sea-Tac airport and Seattle City Light. Since 2009, Bob has operated The Urban Bee Company—newly dubbed "Survivor Bee" to reflect his focus on bee health. The Urban Bee Company manages apiaries in backyards, community gardens, and family farms. A Master Beekeeper candidate, former Trustee of the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association, and past Board President of Certified Naturally Grown, Redmond lives in South Seattle.

Panelists:

  • Melanie Kirby
  • Professional Apiculturist, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Melanie Kirby has been keeping bees professionally (apiculturist) since 1997, beginning first as a Beekeeping Extensionist Volunteer for the United States Peace Corps stationed in Paraguay, South America. After her return to the States, she worked for two large commercial queen honeybee rearing operations in Hawaii. She returned to Paraguay and served as the beekeeping extensionist trainer for aspiring volunteers in 2003. She then worked for a migratory beekeeper in Florida. In 2005, she established Zia Queenbees Farm & Field Institute, which specializes in chemical-free management and longevity-based selection and breeding of queen honey bees. In 2013, Kirby served as the Western Apicultural Society of North America President.

  • Maria Kjetså
  • Advisor, Farm Animals, Nordgen, Ås, Norway

Maria Kjetså earned a MSc in animal breeding and genetics. Currently, she is working on a PhD in genomics/genomic selection. She has worked mostly with farm animal species, but since assuming the position as a researcher at NordGen in August 2020, she has been a co-organizer of the Nordic Brown Bee Network, a network of researchers and brown bee keepers in the Nordic region. She is currently part of a project group that is working on genomic characterization of the Norwegian Brown Bee population.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Norwegian Embassy Logo

Nordic Council of Ministers

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