(USDA-ARS) The only way for commercial growers to have enough southeastern blueberry bees to provide a superior level of pollination is to provide habitat on the edges of their fields.
(UC Berkeley) “If we want to address bee declines, we need to pay attention to these land use trends, which also play an important role.” The key is understanding how connected agricultural geography is when it comes to bees.
(University of Bristol) “It’s not just how much nectar there is that matters, but what time of year that nectar is available. If a bumble bee queen comes out of hibernation in March and finds nothing to eat, it doesn’t matter how much nectar there is in summer, because she won’t be alive.”
(National Geographic) Since the 1930s, Maya beekeepers have made the Yucatán into a world-class honey producer. But the rapidly expanding presence of Old Colony Mennonites, who are transforming large swathes of land into agricultural fields, could change that. Beekeepers say that the large-scale agriculture and the genetically modified soy planted by the Mennonites is killing their hives and contaminating the supply of honey with pesticides. In 2012, the beekeepers sued the government and won—resulting in a supreme court ban on transgenic soybeans four years ago. But on the ground, little has changed.