From: Keystone Center
Approximately 80% of flowering plants rely on the honey bee and other native and managed pollinators; these plants include crops like almonds, apples, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, squash, tomatoes, and alfalfa among many others. Honey bees directly and indirectly support approximately $18 billion of United States food production annually. However, a major decline in honey bee health has put agriculture, healthy lifestyles, and worldwide food security at risk.
In the United States, approximately 30% of managed honey bees now die each winter compared to around 15% that beekeepers consider acceptable. This makes it increasingly difficult for beekeepers to stay in business, hurting not only the beekeepers and their families but also the farmers and agricultural communities that rely on those bees to pollinate crops.