This significant annual loss has put enormous pressure on our commercial beekeepers. Imagine if you were a cherry farmer and you were losing a third of your crop every year? The effort extended to keep the overall honey bee population relatively stable comes at a substantial cost of time and money to beekeepers who are forced to create new colonies by splitting existing colonies in half. This is not a sustainable business model!
These assaults pose a significant threat to bees, beekeepers, and our food systems worldwide.