The Newest Strategy for Saving Bees Is Really, Really Old


Industrial agriculture employs only a handful of pollinator species to sustain it, mostly non-native and uber-efficient honeybees and bumblebees that are toted from one farm to the next to provide pollination when and where needed.

Farmers are starting to recognize local pollinators as valuable partners in their enterprises and to once again actively cultivate native bees. By restoring traditional native beekeeping, farmers increase the numbers of local bees available not only to pollinate their crops but also to reclaim their role as an integral part of surrounding habitats.


Photo: budak (Flickr/Creative Commons)


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