Science On Tap: "Cross-pollinating agriculture, ecosystems and food: human/bee relationships in tropical agroecosystems"

located at The Crepe Place happens on Wed Jun 28 at 8:00 pm Please note – This event has already happened

8pm In The Garden at the Crepe Place

Marcela Cely Santos
Dept. Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz

"Cross-pollinating agriculture, ecosystems and food: human/bee relationships in tropical agroecosystems"

Behind every cup of coffee, fruit salad, and chocolate bar there are hundreds of pollinating insects that serve as links between forests, agroecosystems and food, and a multitude of families harvesting the produce of their lands. diversified small-scale tropical agroecosystems are considered to be important repositories for bio-cultural diversity that provide sustained ecosystem services, account for about 50% of the global food production, and sustain a majority of the rural population. Native un-managed insects, especially bees, mediate the production of about 85% of crop flowering crop plants in these systems. Both native bees and peasants are essential but often overlooked contributors to global food security and are threatened by the expansion of industrial agriculture. When we think about politics, we imagine avenues to collectively build a desired social order. During this talk we will navigate the intersections between these two invisibles: bees and campesinos in rural Colombia. We will get to know some of their faces and stories, the relationships between social forces, land uses and bees, and reflect about more inclusive politics in which our actions acknowledge the participation of these overlooked actors in socially just food systems.

When: Wednesday, June 28th at 8:00 pm
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