Summary of Why Bees Are Disappearing

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Bee smart: Protect bees to safeguard humans’ nutritional and health needs.


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Painful stings and lethal allergies can evoke fear of bees. However, bee scholar Marla Spivak candidly explains that humans have much more to fear regarding these amazing social insects: Their numbers are depleting, and if their struggle for survival continues, large sectors of the global food chain and of the agricultural industry will face extinction. getAbstract recommends Spivak’s mesmerizing report and solutions to those employed in agriculture, civic leaders, environmental activists and anyone concerned with securing the food supply for future generations.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why bees are critical to the food chain
  • Which human behaviors have disrupted the bee ecosystem
  • How simple steps can improve the odds of bee survival


To date, scientists have identified more than 20,000 species of bees. Honeybees, in particular, have captured the human imagination for centuries, due mainly to the natural sweetener (honey) and the antibacterial resin (propolis) they produce. A beehive is an example of a
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About the Speaker

Marla Spivak is a professor of entomology at the University of Minnesota.

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