By: Trace Weaver
To start off the month of April, Net Impact held its first meeting in the Food Systems series on Monday, April 4th. This will be the final three-part series of meetings for the semester, which will take place over the first three Mondays of April.
We started off the meeting by hearing from members Kwun and Madison, who told us about how the company 3M created a sustainable art display. This art display shows how we can save the earth and features reflective glass to show us how we can use water and air in a sustainable way. Beyond, the art display, 3M has been a socially responsible company for decades now, starting with their Pollution Prevention Pays campaign in 1975. More recently, the company collaborated with the United Nations to help set sustainable development goals for 2025. Thanks Kwun and Madison for an exciting and informative report!
Next, for the educational component of the Food Systems series, we watched a documentary called Vanishing of the Bees, narrated by Ellen Page. Vanishing of the Bees tells the story of how in 2006, David Hackenberg revealed the problem that most of his bee hives were being abandoned. This became a trend across the globe as other beekeepers noticed the same phenomenon.
Scientists have taken to calling the bee disappearances the Colony Collapse Disorder. Since bees are used to pollinate the fruits and vegetables that we eat, this presents a huge problem. It has forced us to import bees by plane from Australia just to keep up with demand. Obviously, this is not sustainable. As one beekeeper put it in the documentary, "When the bee's are dying, something's wrong with the environment."
So what is the cause of all this? Although we didn't quite finish the documentary, we did learn that a new type of pesticides called "systemic pesticides" was introduced around the same time that the bees started disappearing. To find out whether this is the culprit, you can watch the rest of Vanishing of the Bees on Netflix.
As always, we at Net Impact hope that you thoroughly enjoyed this meeting! Don't miss our next meeting in the Food Systems series, which will be next Monday at 6:00.