How would crop pollination work without commercial beekeeping?

post by brunoparga · 2020-03-20T02:23:28.780Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · EA · GW · 1 comment

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If everyone stopped eating honey and commercial beekeeping ceased to exist, how much would this impact crop pollination? How much would wild bees pick up the slack?

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answer by Jason Schukraft · 2020-03-20T14:03:13.220Z · score: 5 (4 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

Beekeepers in the U.S. earn about half their revenue from pollination services [EA · GW] so even if demand for honey were reduced, commercial crop pollination would not cease (though it would probably get more expensive). I discuss ways to reduce demand for managed honey bee pollination here [EA · GW], including self-fertile varieties of pollinator-dependent crops, mechanical pollination, and local wild pollination.

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comment by Linch · 2020-03-20T02:33:31.643Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

Hmm, if everybody stopped eating honey and wild bees are not picking up the slack, then presumably farmers would instead pay for commercial beekeeping to pollinate their fields?