(The Economist $) This year Covid-19 has been a bigger headache than pesticides for the country’s 250,000 beekeepers. Many of them are itinerant, moving their colonies around the country on lorries in search of pollen and nectar. For many days, restrictions imposed to curb the epidemic made this difficult. It is too late to catch the early blooms of spring. Margins are thin at the best of times. Some may be able to supplement their income by pollinating farmers’ crops. “Beekeepers have to rely on heaven to eat.”
(Reuters) Beekeepers in China, the world’s top honey producer, are bracing for a bleak start to the key spring pollinating season as travel curbs aimed at containing a coronavirus outbreak keep them at home while their bees go without food for weeks.
(Washington Post) “Some honey hunters claim they are finding fewer hives than in the past, because bee populations are impacted by heavy pesticide use among local farmers and global warming.”