This is the trouble with bees. They inspire you to quit your office job that required seven years of schooling. Then you haul them in your new truck halfway across the country to work on an organic mountain farm. There you learn how to grow food sustainably, by fostering life instead of harming it. Including the bees — those tiny, beautiful creatures that play matchmaker to the flowers, sweeten our tongues, brighten our nights with candlelight, and heal our wounds.

Honey bees are dying at alarming rates, risking the diversity of our food supply. Can you imagine a world with no apples, coffee, almonds, cherries, watermelons, avocados, mangoes, limes, and more than 100 other crops? Scientists are still not entirely sure what is causing the mass bee deaths, but pesticides — primarily a new class of chemicals called neonicotinoids — are at the top of the list. Their survival is also threatened by the practice of growing a single crop on an extensive area of land called monoculture, the increasing prevalence of genetically modified crops, and the use of chemicals in bee hives. But bees are not the only species at risk — their troubles are our troubles too. Honey bees are our modern-day canaries in the coal mine, signaling a crisis in our industrial food system. The harsh reality is, the agricultural practices we rely on to sustain us may also be destroying us. Sound like enough trouble for you?

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