The Incomparable Honeybee and the Economics of Pollination

The Incomparable Honeybee and the Economics of Pollination

by Reese Halter


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“Nifty book on honeybees . . . helpful things you can do!” — Margaret Atwood (via Twitter)

In this updated bestseller (with new science and data related to North America, the United Kingdom and Australia), Dr. Reese Halter continues with his passionate crusade to save the world’s most important group of flower-visiting animals: the honeybee. Responsible for pollinating over 110 different crop types throughout the world and accounting for a quarter-trillion dollars’ worth of commerce, the incredible efforts of the honeybees are vital to humanity in terms of the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the medicines we use. And yet, all around the globe, billions of honeybees are dying from colony collapse disorder, the effects of global warming, introduced mites, bacteria, fungi, diseases and modern insecticides. Our civilization as we know it depends on the health and well-being of all 20,000 known species of bees, and each of us is required to lend a helping hand to ensure that the bees survive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781926855646
Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Series: RMB Manifestos
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 105
Product dimensions: 4.70(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dr. Reese Halter is an award-winning conservation biologist, syndicated science writer, TV host and father. He is a sought-after public speaker and founder of the international conservation institute Global Forest Science, through which he regularly visits schools and encourages children worldwide to embrace conservation, science exploration and learning. Dr. Reese lives in Los Angeles, California, and can be contacted through

Table of Contents

A Story of Reciprocation 1

In the Beeginning 7

Native Bees of North America 11

Bumble Bees 16

The Complex Society of Honeybees 23

Intricate Steps of Communication 36

The Gifts They Give Us 45

Bees and Food Production 65

Down a Path We Can't Sustain 76

How to help the Bees Recover 94

Bookshelf 101

About the Author 105

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