Operation Pollination

Beekeepers are busy as, well, bees, devising new ways to keep pollinators healthy (and ensure you get your almonds)

January 06, 2015

"For thousands of years we carried bees by raft and barge, by wagon and train, across oceans and continents, so they could make us honey and wax. Now we’ll try to carry them through the Anthropocene so they can pollinate our crops. The old mutualism, where we make homes for bees so bees can make us honey, is turning into fraught co-dependence. We need bees on an industrial scale to fertilize our food, and the bees need us to keep them alive in an increasingly hostile industrial landscape."

—From "Bees, Inc.," Josh Dzieza's Pacific Standard story about beekeepers' frenzied efforts to sustain their migrant work force in the face of pesticides, disease, and other onslaughts


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