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Sustainable Idaho: Pesticides and Pollinators with Bowman Farms

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Continuing on our previous episode on bees and the effects of pesticides on pollinators at large, this week we interviewed Matt Bowman of Bowman Farms on his relationship with Idaho’s pollinators, and the effects of pesticides on local farming operations as well as the insects that help them thrive.

Roughly one-third of the food we consume is reliant upon bee pollination. According to the USDA, this number expands to 3/4 of the earth's flowering plants and 35 percent of food crops when all pollinators are taken into account. We spoke with Mr. Bowman about the essential nature of these pollinators to his farm alongside his soil quality, concern regarding decreasing number of bees, and many more crucial topics centered on pesticides and herbicides.

If you’d like to learn more about pollinators and their health, Sustainable Idaho encourages listeners to visit The Bee Conservancy to find opportunities to help pollinators both locally and internationally.

Avery Frazier is an undergraduate student at Idaho State University and is currently pursuing a degree in clinical psychology with the hopes to obtain advanced degrees in the field. Her passion for sustainability stems from her earliest years, most of which were spent in the mountains of Idaho with her father. Her favorite topics in sustainability include clean energy, environmental cleanup, and low-waste practices.
Katie Kelshaw is a graduate of Boise State University with a Masters of Arts in Political Science where she has since taught as an adjunct professor. She is born and raised in Pocatello, where her family are farmers and business owners. Katie is an active member in an advocacy organization called Action Corps Idaho, where she helps run campaigns around Climate Justice and a Global COVID Response.
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EPISODES PRIOR TO JUNE 2021