Post-colonial agriculture

I didn’t know that lots of commercial crops are pollinated by giant trucked-in hives of honeybees.  I also didn’t know that these hives are being decimated by Colony Collapse Disorder, which is Science for “the hive’s empty except for the queen, there’s no dead bees around, we basically don’t know what’s going on.”  UW researchers are studying the Wisconsin cranberry crop, assessing the feasibility of going back to native pollinators like bumblebees, squash bees, and leaf-cutter bees.  I hope the work will be done in time to save CranFest!

Leaf-cutter bee

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