Talk of a crisis around food production from a dwindling in honey bee numbers doesn't quite stack up says Professor Saul Cunningham from the Fenner School. “My first point is that we are not all going to die because of a bee problem,” he said. But, Dr Cunningham said, there’s a micro-economic challenge to European honey bees continuing to do their job for some farmers.
Different types of fruit and nut trees and broadacre crops rely on the bees — huge swarms of them when keepers’ hives are placed in the orchards and fields — to pollinate and produce fruit and seed. Without that professional pollination, some crops, including apples, canola and coffee, won’t do as well in terms of yield and quality. Almonds won’t grow fruit at all.