How inviting native bees into your yard can support food security | Jasmine Fraser | TEDxBrisbane

At just 15-years of age, Jasmine Fraser has discovered that backyard beekeeping has been almost exclusively geared towards the introduced European honey bee, to the exclusion of the superior pollinating and completely stingless native Australian bees.

As a native bee advocate, Jasmine champions these unsung homegrown heroes of Australian crop security. She encourages everyone to invite native bees into their backyards and social spaces as an easy, no upkeep, low space way to support Australia’s food security and a native species all at the same time. Granted, they don’t produce honey, but as Jasmine so clearly articulates – they’ll be the lowest maintenance pets you’ll ever have.
At just 15-years of age, Jasmine Fraser has an idea worth spreading. Jasmine was initially perplexed when a family friend bought a native beehive for their suburban backyard – why would anyone want to invite bees into their garden? Some further investigation on her part led her to learn that the answer had nothing to do with honey, and everything to do with pollination and Australia’s future food security.

Jasmine utilised the platform provided by the Clayfield College TEDEd Club to champion the unsung homegrown heroes of Australian crop security – native bees, and to highlight an easy, no upkeep, low space way for modern, urban households to support Australia’s food security, and a native species all at the same time. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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