Honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder is upon us and the bee population is falling, hard: the US bee population has shrunk by 30% since 2006. Population decline in bees has been attributed to the pathogen Nosea bombi, habitat loss, and the use of pesticides.
So what’s the big deal? Whole ecosystems rely on the work of the bumble bee. Bees pollinate more than 30% of the world’s crops, accounting for $40 billion a year of produce in the United States alone. There would be no tequila without bees. No. Tequila.