Here's what Thanksgiving dinner would look like in a world without bees

A chef, farmer, beekeeper and the director of Environment Georgia came together at Dovetail in downtown Macon to explain how the loss of bees would impact a Thanksgiving dinner on Tuesday.

Millions of bees are dying across the United States every year, according to Jennette Gayer, director of Environment Georgia. 

"We are thankful for bees on Thanksgiving," she said.

She also mentioned that without bees, we would not be able to enjoy many holiday favorites like pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, brussel sprouts and green beans. 

The other experts in attendance included Chef Brad Stevens from Dovetail, Julia Asherman, a farmer from Rag and Grass Farm and Steve Nofs, a beekeeper from Shamrock Apiaries LLC. 

"We need to protect the ideal that we can have what we want when we need it, but at the same time, not do it in such a way that harms our ecosystem," explained Stevens.

He also mentioned that at Dovetail, they strive to use local and organic ingredients to support the community, which includes the bees, according to an Environment Georgia press release. 

"In addition to needing bees to have the harvest to keep our farm viable, a big part of what we're concerned about in the organic farming community is maintaining biodiversity," Asherman mentioned about the importance of bees as it relates to farming. 

She says it is important for farmers to steward their land in a way that protects bees and other insects. 

"I've been keeping bees for about 25 years, and I can say unequivocally that each year gets tougher," Nofs said about his time as a beekeeper. 

He says some ways to help their cause of protecting the bees include encouraging others to plant nectar and pollen-producing flowers, supporting honeybee research and taking steps to reduce the number of toxic substances that bees have to deal with.   

 

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