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Saturday 25 October  
Beekeeper Tammy Horn

Earth Beat - Wild Things

On air: 25 November 2011 3:00 (Photo: RNW/Chris Radcliffe)

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Earth Beat, 25 November 2011. This week we go really wild. From bees in search of pastures new, to plastic-eating albatrosses and a visit to the world's very first sustainable sea farm. It’s seaweed for all and more. Comment on the show.

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Willem Brandenburg
Willem Brandenburg
Seaweed for all

Something important has just happened in the south of the Netherlands.

Four small 'modules' have been gently lowered into the sea for the start of experiments that hope to change people’s eating habits forever (photos).

Seaweed is the future, says creator Willem Brandenburg from Plant Research International.

Guest host Chris Chambers watches the unveiling and asks whether it really is possible to bring seaweed into the mainstream.


The remains of an albatross
The remains of an albatross
The plight of the albatross

Midway Atoll is as far from civilisation as it's possible to get.

And that's why a million albatrosses have set up home there. But there’s still no escaping the intrusions of the modern world.

Photographer and filmmaker Chris Jordan has been documenting the impact of plastic in these birds' lives and it's not a pretty sight. (more photos)

Watch the trailer for his film Midway - Heart of the Pacific.


Beekeeper Tammy Horn
Beekeeper Tammy Horn
Bees need you

Tammy Horn loves bees.

She's traded in her job as an English professor to concentrate on giving bees in the Appalacia region of Kentucky exactly what they want all year round.

Not an easy task in an area where surface coal mining has changed the landscape and consequently the trees and plants which grow there.


Sunflowers and concrete

Richard Reynolds wants to inject more colour into people's lives.

He's one of the world's leading guerrilla gardeners and he meets host Chris behind Amsterdam's Central Station to show him how it’s possible to brighten things up.

Just a handful of seeds and a trowel are necessary.


The seed man

Ever since he was able to crawl, Ruurd Walrecht has had a love for collecting rare varieties of fruit and vegetables. Over 40 years, he built up one of the Netherlands' biggest collections.

He talks about why it's important not to lose that tradition.

  • Taking the modules out to sea<br>&copy; Photo: RNW - http://www.rnw.nl/english
  • Taking the modules out to sea<br>&copy; Photo: RNW - http://www.rnw.nl/english
  • Launching the modules<br>&copy; Photo: RNW - http://www.rnw.nl/english
  • Seaweed farm in place<br>&copy; Photo: RNW - http://www.rnw.nl/english
  • The remains of an albatross<br>&copy; Photo: Chris Jordan - http://www.chrisjordan.com
  • The remains of an albatross<br>&copy; Photo: Chris Jordan - http://www.chrisjordan.com
  • The remains of an albatross<br>&copy; Photo: Chris Jordan - http://www.chrisjordan.com
  • The remains of an albatross<br>&copy; Photo: Chris Jordan - http://www.chrisjordan.com
  • The remains of an albatross<br>&copy; Photo: Chris Jordan - http://www.chrisjordan.com
  • The remains of an albatross<br>&copy; Photo: Chris Jordan - http://www.chrisjordan.com

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