Bees are dying — what can we do about it?


Most plants rely on bees and other natural pollinators to produce some of nature’s most nutritious and beloved foods.

But pollinators, a diverse group that includes insects and animals such as birds and bats, are under threat because of widespread pesticide use, climate change, the emergence of foreign pests, diseases and habitat loss. Between April 2015 and April 2016, beekeepers in the United States lost 44 percent of their colonies and in the UK, beekeepers reported losses of almost 17 percent, according to the British Beekeepers Association.

If you’re a beekeeper, farmer or consumer you have something to lose if bees disappear — and a significant role to play in their survival.

Beekeepers

Twelve years ago, Dale Gibson traded his early mornings as a stockbroker, for early mornings at his urban bee farm.

On the roof of his home in Bermondsey, London, eight beehives house about…



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