Rising rates for rent-a-bees | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Pollination is basic science, but the cost of it is getting more complicated.


"CALS economist, Dr. Walter Thurman, finds that rising honey prices, invasive mites and higher diesel fuel costs have increased the price of services performed by commercial beekeepers during the past 20 years.


"Dr. Thurman's is the first comprehensive study of North American pollination markets."


This means higher consumer prices for the approximately 75% of food crops which are bee-pollinated.