Bees are nature’s most prolific pollinators. The stats on how much of our American agriculture is dependent on bees is widely debated. One thing that is consistent, though, is that bees do pollinate or assist with pollinating some of the foods we consume on a regular basis. It is estimated that anywhere between $15 billion-$131 billion dollars of our yearly crop production is dependent on bees.
Over the last two decades, bee keepers have reported significant losses of their hives. The main culprit seems to be pesticides. I’ll include links below so you can get more information about this. But first, watch the video below to see my friend Katherine give us a peek inside one of her bee hives.
While seeing the bees in action was incredibly cool, I learned first hand how involved bee keeping can be. I would not recommend this hobby for anyone who is not fully committed to it. You have to be knowledgeable about the natural history of bees, about how the hive boxes work, how smoking them will affect the flavor of the honey, and so much more .
To learn more about what’s happening to North American bee populations, check out these articles from Bee Informed, Rolling Stone magazine, and Greenpeace. If you think beekeeping is something you might be interested in, you can get more information from Bee Thinking and the American Bee Keeping Federation.