More than 40% of U.S. honeybee colonies died in past 12 months: USDA

More than 40% of U.S. honeybee colonies died in a 12-month period ending in April, extending a troubling trend that has scientists scrambling for a solution and professional beekeepers struggling to stay in business. Continue reading

The Collapse Of The Honeybee Industry Could Cost Hundreds Of Billions Of Dollars

Honeybees don’t just produce honey: the hard-working insect is also fundamental to the world’s food supply.

The value of insect pollinators on world agricultural production, which accounts for their role in producing better quality and quantity of harvests, was estimated at $208 billion in 2005.

But the downward spiral of honeybee populations — both wild and captive — has put all of all of that at risk. Continue reading