Honey bees support billions of dollars in U.S. and Canadian agriculture. But today, a major decline in honey bee health has put agriculture, healthy lifestyles, and worldwide food security at risk……read on for info from the Honeybee Health Coalition.
U.S. overwintering losses for managed honey bees from 2007 to 2011 ranged from approximately 28-33%, compared to a historical rate of 10-15%.*
*Source: Survey data generated by USDA
This decline in bee health has been linked to a variety of factors, including those influenced by the activities associated with both beekeeping and crop production
The Honeybee Health Coalition
provides a succinct assessment of the current state of the honeybee as well as tools for the beekeeper to monitor the health of the honeybees in their care.
Photo: Addison Geary