How U.S. honey beekeepers averted a bee-pocalypse

Fellowship of the Minds

Beginning in 2006, we began hearing/reading frighterning news about a Bee-pocalypse — the (bee) colony collapse disorder.

Beekeepers reported mysteriously large losses to their honeybee hives: The bees weren’t just dying—they were abandoning their hives altogether.

Given the importance of bees to agriculture — they pollinate about a third of our  food crops, accounting for $15 billion in annual value to the U.S. economy, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture — the media swiftly declared the dying and disappearing bees an apocalyptic disaster.

National Public Radio declared “a crisis point for crops”; Time called it a “bee-pocalypse” and foretold “a world without bees”; Quartz called it “beemageddon”. The colony collapse disorder was blamed on everything from genetically modified crops, pesticides, and global warming to cellphones and high-voltage electric transmission lines.

What the MSM haven’t told you is the rest of the story.

Shawn Regan writes for Reason.com, August/September…

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