Just like humans, honey bees are better able to deal with stressors if properly nourished. With good nutrition, bees are better able to fend off parasites and pathogens and stay strong in the face of pesticides and other stressors.
As agriculture becomes more efficient, and urban development expands there is less habitat available for honey bees and other pollinators on the landscape.
This data used to create this resource is sourced from the United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS).
California produces about 80% of the world's supply of almonds, and almonds rely on managed honey bees for pollination in order to produce a good crop. Each year honey bees are placed in almond orchards to perform this important service, some are brought on trucks from as far away as New England and Florida.