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Hive Survival via Boomtown Table

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.

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C H R I S T I N E Dionese, co-founder of flavor ID and Garden Eats is an integrative health & food therapy specialist, medical & food journalist. She has dedicated her career to helping others understand the science of happiness and its powerful effects on everyday human health by harnessing the power of the epigenetic landscape. To balance the more serious side of her work, she loves to concoct, write about and connect people through food & drink. You can check out her latest work at The Chalkboard Magazine, The Fullest and Rochester's Boomtown Table. Christine lives, works and plays between Southern California & Upstate New York.

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