Cost of nuts to soar as bee population dies
November 5, 2013   //   Lifestyle   //   Comments are off

THE price of nutty treats and snacks is about to soar as almond farmers struggle to pollinate their crops because of dwindling bee populations.

The almond market around the world is worth about $5 billion a year, and about 80 per cent of the planet’s almonds come from California, the Daily Mail reports.

But farmers in that part of the world need 1.5 million bee hives a year for pollination.

With bees in short supply, the cost of renting bee hives has tripled in the past decade and the increase is being passed on to consumers.

This has seen the wholesale price of almonds reach an eight-year high and the figure is expected to keep climbing because bee numbers are decreasing to the point of extinction.

And it’s not just a US problem. Because the cost of Californian nuts set the benchmark for the industry, the blowout is also affecting the rest of the world.

Nor the extinction of bees isn’t just a problem for nut lovers. They are the most important pollinators of all fruit and vegetables in the world, and more than a third of our food production depends on them.

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