American agriculture relies on bees to pollinate crops–particularly fruit and specialty vegetable crops. It is estimated that 10 million hives have been lost in the last few years, at a cost of $2 billion. More and more beekeepers are exiting the business because they cannot sustain such heavy mortality in their colonies.
This is scary news for beekeepers, farmers, orchard growers, honey lovers, and anyone who likes to eat. According to the USDA, “survivorship of honeybee colonies is too low for us to be confident in our ability to meet the pollination demands of U.S. agriculture crops.”
Translation: If we don’t figure out what’s ailing our honey bees, our food supply and stable prices are at risk.
Read the report by clicking USDA.