Yu Haiqing, director of forestry of Maoxian County in the Sichuan province of western China, inspects apples grown in the slopes above the Min River on Sept. 19, 1998. Within the next two years the productivity of the apple industry dropped 50 percent in the region. (AP Photo/Joe McDonald)MORE IN CHINA SOCIETY
Bees are dying in droves, with serious consequences for our farmers, which rely on the furry yellow workers to deliver the pollen that allows their food crops to produce fruit. In China, farmers have already experienced what it’s like to farm without bees—and it’s no easy feat.