Honey bee crisis affects farmers in the almond industry

California’s almond orchards require honey bees to produce almonds, but due to failing honey bee colonies, the beekeepers are unable to provide enough bees. According to the Wall Street Journal, Only 25% of the necessary bees are available, putting almond crops in jeopardy. Reasons for colony failure are not fully understood, and farmers are calling … [Read more…]

What harms honey bees?

The reasons that honey bee colonies are failing is not entirely clear, but there are some suspected causes.  What harms honey bees? Infographic by Sue Buenger. Parasites, GMO crops, pesticides, habitat destruction, malnutrition, and declining genetic diversity have contributed to the demise of honey bee colonies.