What’s behind bee declines and colony collapse? Latest science on stress from parasites, pesticides, habitat loss – Journalist’s Resource Journalist’s Resource

Estimates vary for the economic value that commercial and wild bees provide to the U.S. economy through crop pollination, but they all boil down to “a lot.” A 2014 fact sheet from the White House cites annual figures of $15 billion for commercial bees and $9 billion for their wild cousins. According to a 2014 report from the University of California, Davis, almonds alone add as much as $11 billion a year to the economy of California, the source of 80% of the world’s crop — and 90% of it is pollinated by honeybees trucked from field to field.

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