Editor

Jean Goodwin

Proceedings Title

Confronting the Challenges of Public Participation in Environmental, Planning, and Health Decision-Making

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U.S. beekeepers used distinct, important narratives to define Colony Collapse Disorder, a crisis that continues to kill a third of U.S. honey bees each year and threatens $15 billion of crops. My analysis of personal interviews with U.S. beekeepers including Dave Hackenberg, former president of the American Honey Producers Association, find beekeepers supply more pragmatic and emplaced narratives than those supplied by scientists and media: rather than define the crisis as pathogenic or a crime-narrative “whodunnit” with singular solutions, beekeepers define it in terms of economics and interactive “field” conditions such as pesticides, watersheds, bee genetics and foraging. Citing the work of Peterson, Lamberti and Schell, I advance the argument that defining “farmer’s narratives” helps better define food-related environmental crises.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/sciencecommunication-180809-17

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Whose Honey, Whose Hive: Rhetorical Agency in the Colony Collapse Disorder

U.S. beekeepers used distinct, important narratives to define Colony Collapse Disorder, a crisis that continues to kill a third of U.S. honey bees each year and threatens $15 billion of crops. My analysis of personal interviews with U.S. beekeepers including Dave Hackenberg, former president of the American Honey Producers Association, find beekeepers supply more pragmatic and emplaced narratives than those supplied by scientists and media: rather than define the crisis as pathogenic or a crime-narrative “whodunnit” with singular solutions, beekeepers define it in terms of economics and interactive “field” conditions such as pesticides, watersheds, bee genetics and foraging. Citing the work of Peterson, Lamberti and Schell, I advance the argument that defining “farmer’s narratives” helps better define food-related environmental crises.

 

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