The honey bee is in trouble.
While researchers & scientists offer mixed data, we know that the world’s largest class of insecticides, neonicotinoids – along with Nosema ceranae, a microbial fungus – are two (controllable) environmental variables largely responsible for what is referred to as colony collapse disorder.
Currently, more than 150 U.S. crops depend on pollinators with a USDA estimated worth of more than $10 billion per year. Since colony collapse syndrome first hit over ten years ago, home beekeepers have popped up hives to do their socially conscious part in maintaining bee survival.
I depend on these little creatures to pollinate the ‘farmacopia’ of medicinal foods and plants I suggest to my patients and consume for personal wellness. Without them, I’d be out of a job.
Read my full story at Boomtown Table here.