by Marion Nestle
Mar 9 2022
Bees in agriculture: the USDA’s Infographic
I’ve just come across this USDA report on use of bees in agriculture. It comes with an Infographic.
The report discusses the hazards of this kind of travel to honeybees.
Transporting commercial honey bees to pollination service and forage grounds often involves long-distance travel and variable environmental conditions that harm colony health…During travel, honey bees are unable to access foraging resources and are instead fed supplements such as sugar water or fondant. During the summer, overheating while in transit can become a problem if the hive boxes, often transported on a flat-bed truck, are not configured for proper ventilation.
The report does not discuss Colony Collapse Disorder, but other USDA reports do.
- USDA’s home page on honey bees
- ARS Honey Bee Health
- Report on the National Stakeholders Conference on Honey Bee Health