In America, one in three hives was left lifeless at the beginning of 2008. In France, the death rate was more than 60 percent. In Britain, a government minister warned that honey bees could be extinct within a decade. A third of all that we eat, and much of what we wear, relies on pollination by honeybees. So if – or when – the world loses its black-and-yellow workers, the consequences will be dire. What is behind this catastrophe?
Viruses, parasites, pesticides and climate change have all been blamed. As has modern monoculture agribusiness. In this timely book, two keen amateur apiarists investigate all the claims and counterclaims with the help of scientists and beekeepers in Europe, America and beyond. They ask the question that will soon be on everyone’s lips: is there any possible way of saving the honeybees – and, with them, the world as we know it?
About the Author:
Alison Benjamin is deputy editor of Society Guardian and writes on environmental issues and social affairs for the newspaper. She took up beekeeping three years ago with her partner, Brian McCallum, who is currently studying to become geography teachers.
They keep a number of hives in London and are the authors of Keeping Bees and Making Honey.