During Spring 2021, I started a little new adventure! A workshop about sustainability and innovation organised by UPNEC. The advertisement of this course litteraly appeared to me on my Instagram home, that wisely suggests contents according to your interests and voilá…in the blink of an eye, I enrolled. For well known reasons, it was online, but for me it was perfect this way since I live more than 1000 km away.
But with all the things you have been already doing, you had to do something like this too?
Yes, and I was glad about it! Like you that you enjoy reading us, I like discovering and going deepen into new topics or for which I have a specific interests. And since there was this occasion, why not? Moreover, they offer many other interesting courses, I suggest you to have a look or to look for such courses providers in your area 🙂 I am sure there are many!
In what did it consist of?
As per its title, the course was about sustainability, however, to be honest it surprised me because it was definetely different from the usual perspective. Since the teacher was an engineer, he introduced different concepts – sometimes a bit complicated, I must admit, considering my low attitude towards science and numbers, but in anycase very interesting. We did not speak only about sustainability, but also about circular e sharing economy and innovation. Indeed, how to step forward if not from finding a solution to some current problems? Maybe those that are particularly important for us?
It was a course with a practical part too, you know? Indeed the teacher gave us a homework: we had to think about a specific problem and try to analyse it by using one of the methods that he had explained us. Then, during the lesson, each one of us had to introduce her work and we could speak about it and revise it if needed. (I must admit that for me it was a very nice social occasion too during my lockdown). And – let’s get to the point – which one was the problem that I wanted to analyse? Well, the bees great death toll due to the inconsiderate use of pesticides!
Bees great death toll and pesticides…a very light topic!
Yep, not so easy, but I was too curious to understand the final result! So, how to proceed? Here below the three steps of the method I had personally used – you can have a try you too with any issue you have in mind:
- problem finding: let’s find this problem! If you don’t find any, where we are supposed to start from?? In my case, I had found one without too many issues… a pretty hard one actually!
- Problem shaping (or framing): once found it, we had to analyse it. The famous 5W are essential at this stage (what, who, where, when, why). In addition, it’s very important to ask yourself: which are the causes, the circumstances and the consequences?
- Problem solving: the analysis of the problem is the very first step to get to the problem resolution. Maybe we could manage to get a only partial solution, but it would be anyway a good start.
The bees great death toll due to pesticides
Why? Why less and less bees? There are several causes unfortunately: among them, the spread of diseases such as varroa, but also – maybe less known – the spread of no local bee predators (such as an exotic bird, the so called, bee-eater, as it was suggested by another student). Personally, I had highlighted among the different factors the use of pesticides. These kill pollinators and damage their natural habitat. After pondering about it together, we had found two feasible solutions (and neither that impossible – only a bit of will power is needed). Fistly, it would be good to increase the cultivated surface with biological method.
The biological method against the use of pesticides
By sheer coincidence, a lady that was attending the course had a Bio farm. Since she knew pretty well about this field, she could list a series of disadvantages or anyway difficulties that the bio farmer has still to bear and that probably block their spread and use. The Bio method is very very cool, it’s true, but it has also many costs and duties: many tasks and specific skills, with a high level of handcraft as well. Investments in it are still quite low till the point that it does not seem that developed yet, but at the same time much is expected from it. In addition, the demand from customers is still pretty low. Hence, this is a kind of niche product, that in this all has to deal with the great intensive agriculture as competitors. When you buy some fruits or vegetables, read well from where they come from. Be interested on the quality as well and don’t focus so much only on the price. In your little, you may be able to help a Bio farmer. Opt for local fruit and vegetables, get supplied from who you know that uses natural methods to take care of their own field. Or even take care of a little vegetable garden on your own! Even if you won’t directly realise it, you will be helping pollinators as well.
And other way to fight against the use of pesticides?
We have found even solutions from the community in general. That means? The administration can opt for bee-friendly trees and plants around the town, for example. They could also take care of some awareness-raising campaigns towards this topic. It would be nice to awaken the interest towards this world, by actively involving and supplying tools and info to understand the pesticides issue. A beautiful and original idea could be the distribution of seeds for bee-friendly plants or creat informative signals along some paths in the nature.
There are so many things we can do for pollinators, we have only to put them into practice. Moreover, speaking of pesticides, they may have a very short-term positive effect for the farmer allowing him to increase his/her production, but as a long-term effect, it makes the ground poor, it destroys the ecosystem and damages the production itself. Does it make sense especially considering that there are so many other natural and less aggressive methods? What do you think about it? What do you do in your little against pesticides?
Tell us with a comment here below 🙂