World Bee Day sparks conversation on what’s threatening the insects

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Bees in a hive.

Humans and bees have a history of working together that dates back more than 9,000 years. The insect acts as a vital pollinator that holds together our ecosystems and food security. As we celebrate World Bee Day, we also pause to examine what threats the bee population are facing today.

Den Cannon, Director of the Wheen Bee Foundation talks about how climate change, mono-culture farming and an invasive mite known as the varroa destructor are a challenging bee populations across the world.

Amateur and small-scale beekeeping is one industry on the rise that help address some of these issues, and Benji Fiebig tells us how he’s got a personal connection to the trade.

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