Danny Najera teaches us how bees and insects influence our ecosytems

145- Insects, Bees, and a Healthy Ecosystem with Danny Najera

Over the last decade, you've probably heard about the problem we are having with bees, and how they are dying off. We understand the need for pollination from the bees for our food supply, but do they also play other roles in our ecosystem?

Overall it is common for people to think of insects as creepy crawlies that need to die, especially once they enter the home. But insects play very important roles in our ecosystems, which we will be discussing with Danny Najera.

What To Expect From This Episode

  • Roles insects play in a healthy ecosystem
  • Different impacts that are reducing insect numbers across the globe
  • What are honeybees doing to our local areas
  • Ways to get started with beekeeping and how to raise successful hives


  • [0:00] Welcome to the Summit For Wellness Podcast
  • [2:15] Danny Najera is fascinated with the evolution of insects over the years
  • [3:45] What are the estimated number of species of insects on the earth
  • [4:30] What are the common roles of insects in our ecosystem
  • [6:30] Are pesticide usage impacting insects on a global scale, or just within local areas
  • [7:45] What insects have the hardest time handling pesticides
  • [9:30] Are there any estimates on the loss of biodiversity in the last few decades
  • [12:15] When insect species are threatened do they go on an endangered species list
  • [14:15] Is it better to focus on native insects in localized areas, or the insects roles within the ecosystem
  • [16:15] What should we know about introducing honeybees to our local areas
  • [21:00] Is it better to order honeybees from a national supplier, or a local beekeeper
  • [23:00] Do diseases among insects spread because of easier access to transportation
  • [25:15] What is the mite issue like for bees compared to the pandemic we are all experiencing
  • [28:15] What are some great tips for starting with honeybees
  • [32:00] Final thoughts from Danny on how to get started with beekeeping
  • [34:30] What are Danny's top 3 ways for us to have a healthy ecosystem

Resources From This Episode

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Learn More About Danny Najera

Website: Danny's Website

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About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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