How Two Companies Save Bees

By: Susan Golder
Sep 17, 2019 10:15 AM ET
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Most of us remember our last encounter with a bee. Maybe you can recall the pain of being stung or the effort you made to avoid the furry, flying insects. Today, people and corporations around the world aren’t dodging bees but are instead inviting them onto their property for compelling reasons.

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT BEES?

Bees pollinate 80 percent of global crops, including trees and produce. Experts say that bees are the barometer of the health of our planet. The fact that the bee population is rapidly shrinking does not bode well for our overall wellness.

Scientists point to a variety of reasons for the desperate plight of bees. Pesticides likely play a role. Another culprit is Varroa mites. These parasites decimate hives, attacking both bees and brood.

As if these issues are not challenging enough, experts speculate that loss of habitat and even interference by people may be adding to the bee crisis.

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