Bloomberg Environment

Business of Bees

These days about one in three bites of food you eat wouldn’t be possible without commercial bee pollination. And the economic value of insect pollination worldwide is estimated to be about $217 billion. But as important as bees have become for farming, there’s also increasing signs that bees are in trouble. In the decade-plus since the first cases of Colony Collapse Disorder were reported, bees are still dying in record numbers, and important questions remain unanswered. 

Over the course of one year, host Adam Allington and environment reporters David Schultz and Tiffany Stecker traveled to all corners of the honeybee ecosystem from Washington, D.C., to the California almond fields, and orchards of the upper Midwest to bring back answers to these questions.

These days about one in three bites of food you eat wouldn’t be possible without commercial bee pollination. And the economic value of insect pollination worldwide is estimated to be about $217 billion. But as important as bees have become for farming, there’s also increasing signs that bees are in trouble. In the decade-plus since the first cases of Colony Collapse Disorder were reported, bees are still dying in record numbers, and important questions remain unanswered. Over the course of one year, host Adam Allington and environment reporters David Schultz and Tiffany Stecker traveled to all corners of the honeybee ecosystem from Washington, D.C., to the California almond fields, and orchards of the upper Midwest to bring back answers to these questions.

Episodes: 8

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Business of Bees: Live in Seattle

Duration: 28 min

Of Pollinators and Pesticides

Duration: 28 min

Invasion of the Beehive Bodysnatchers

Duration: 25 min

Honeybees Don’t Need to be ‘Saved’

Duration: 21 min

How Bees and Farmers Got Together

Duration: 23 min

Apis Mellifera

Duration: 18 min

The Big Business of Bees

Duration: 22 min

Introducing: Business of Bees

Duration: 3 min

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