Fruit Prices Expected To Take Big Hike Due To Continued Honeybee Decline

Milk prices may be at an all-time low but fruit and almond prices are expected to increase substantially due to another season of honeybee population decreases. Ordering bees to pollinate crops and to start new hives for honey-making is even more difficult this year than last.
“It’s been stated that every third bite of food you take is thanks directly or indirectly to a honey bee,” said beekeeper Orin Johnson. The beekeeper is exactly right. Approximately 70 percent of all the food we eat was pollinated by honeybees. Feed devoured by the livestock we eat is also pollinated by bees. Keeping the junior high science lesson super short- if the bees die, the human race will not be far behind.

Honeybees in the California Central Valley always pollinate the fruit and almond trees which provide produce and nuts shipped around the world. The state literally requires billions of honeybees to generate a healthy and solid crop each year.
The vast amount of acreage devoted to the production of fruit and nuts puts a high demand on honeybees and will outweigh the supply in 2015. Some of the honeybees raised in California are also shipped to Idaho and North and South Dakota. The rental of beehives used to be a decent line to be in, but price increases to a tune of 25 percent, have made the honeybee rental gig big business - when you can find enough bees to fill the hive frames. Bee hive theft has also reportedly increased substantially.