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Thank you! While researching a story about beekeeping, journalist Nordhaus happened upon John Miller, a migratory beekeeper who shuttles his thousands of hives from California to North Dakota.

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Nordhaus is a lively writer who knows how to get to the nub of a topic, be it the architecture of a hive, the sting of a honey bee or the various nefarious infestations that beleaguer bee colonies. Since Colony Collapse Disorder has captured much national interest, she covers that plague, plus a host of other malefactors, such as mites and pesticides. Beekeeping has never been easy, but without the honeybees and their keepers, hundreds of crops would perish. The money in beekeeping, such as it is, is in the pollination fees, not the honey, and Nordhaus ably conveys the economics of the trade.

She is just as able to describe the romance and miracle of honey, however.

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Book Overview Author Info About the Book In a remarkable show of research, reporting, and storytelling, Hannah Nordhaus tells the complex and fascinating story of honeybees in American today, tracking their place in our lives from the first American beekeeping authority, Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth, to the thousands of dedicated individuals who continue to care about honeybees despite all the reasons not to.

With the rise of the monocrop and increasingly efficient pesticides, there are simply not enough natural pollinators left to complete the massive task of covering millions of acres of almond groves. Farmers pay beekeepers millions of dollars to have their crops pollinated by upwards of ten thousand hives. With bees, an acre of almonds can produce two thousand pounds of nuts.

Without bees, that same acre would produce no more than thirty pounds; the California almond industry is utterly dependent on the unpredictable honeybee. As the stresses mount on bee populations, beekeepers like John Miller have been faced with devastating hive losses. In steps John Miller, or rather in he bounds. Miller tasks himself with the care and safe transportation of billions of bees.

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Miller, America's first migratory beekeeper, and trucks his hives from crop to crop, working the North Dakotan clover in summer and the Californian almonds in winter. He provides the crucial buzz to farmers who are otherwise bereft of natural pollinators, and does so for a price. But while there is steady demand for Miller's miracle workers, especially from the multi-billion-dollar almond industry without bees an acre of almonds produces no more than 30 lbs of nuts; with bees, 2, lbs , he's faced with ever-mounting hive losses.

In addition to traditional scourges like bears, wax moths, American foulbrood, tracheal mite, varroa mite, Africanized bees, overturned tractor trailers, bee thieves, PPB piss-poor beekeeping , etc. While bad news is in constant supply, Miller forges ahead because he can't imagine doing anything else.

He copes and moves on. He works and sometimes triumphs, all with an inspiring sense of humor. Subject Miller, John. Miller, John.

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