(Entomology Today) One practice that can bolster native bee populations is planting strips of wildflowers next to crops; however, a study in 2017 found that, without incentives, few farmers choose to plant flower strips. The key to adoption, therefore, is adequate incentives. Researchers examined all the economic costs and benefits of planting wildflower strips and of selling the resulting seeds; their analysis revealed how profit could be made on the sale of seeds.
(AdAge) To draw attention to the plight of the pollinators, Papa John’s U.K. has made what it calls the world’s first pizza for bees. The “Beezza” is just one inch across and topped with honey, wildflowers, local pollen, rosemary and thyme. When U.K. customers order the pie online between now and September, they can donate the change to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
(Xerces Society) Bee Better Certified has grown significantly since its launch during Pollinator Week 2017, having certified nine farms. This summer the program has reached yet another milestone: the first product licensed to display the Bee Better Certified seal is now arriving in stores.
(Crunchbase News) Pollination services, biotech application, data collection, and health care for bees.
(Food & Wine) The “McHive” started with a single McDonald’s Sweden location that placed a beehive on its roof. Others joined in, and now five franchises have beehives in all. Others plan to join the cause, with some locations even “replacing the grass around their restaurants with flowers and plants that are important for the well-being of wild bees.”
(BBC) “Should we celebrate economic incentives for preserving at least some populations of bees? Well, maybe…”