June 17-23 is National Pollinator Week, when honeybees, bumblebees, butterflies, hummingbirds, bats, wasps, ants, moths and some small mammals are celebrated for providing us with fruits, nuts and vegetables.
Pollinators make the delicious possible. They provide us with oranges, apples, blueberries, almonds, apricots, blackberries, cherries, cranberries, melons, plums, pumpkins and alfalfa, to name a few. Much of the pollination of the U.S. food supply comes from managed pollinators: beekeepers. Sixty percent of beekeepers in the U.S. provide pollination services to American agriculture. It takes one to three hives per acre to pollinate apples.
Beekeepers are an integral part of the …