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Earth Day Update from Dr. Jonathan Lundgren (S4, E44)

Happy Earth Day… week. Earth Day is this Friday, April 22… and in recognition of that day, we’ve invited Dr. Jonathan Lundgren back to the show to talk about his work at Blue Dasher Farm and with the Ecdysis Foundation’s research on regenerative agriculture and soil conversation.

We first learned of Jonathan in the Peter Nelson film, The Pollinators. If you have not seen it, do yourself a favor and rent it online at your earliest opportunity… if only for the photography alone! Peter has been a guest on the podcast a couple of times, as well.

Jonathan’s and the Ecdysis Foundation is working to show that regenerative agriculture is ultimately less expensive and healthier for the soil, crops and bees. Yes bees! Bees that forage on farmlands using regenerative agricultural practices are showing to be more resistant to varroa mites and therefore healthier! It makes sense, since the bees tend to be less stressed by agricultural chemicals and have varied foraging opportunities – all contributing to a healthier colony, able to ward off varroa! Research will continue as part of the 1,000 Farm Initiative.

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Links and websites mentioned in this podcast:

The Ecdysis Foundation - https://www.ecdysis.bio Blue Dasher Farm - https://www.bluedasher.farm 1000 Farm Initiative - https://www.ecdysis.bio/featured-project Honey Bee Obscura Podcast - https://www.honeybeeobscura.com

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