Honey bees support more than $20 billion in U.S. and Canadian agriculture annually. Faced with recent declines in honey bee health, the Keystone Policy Center brought together representatives of beekeepers, growers, researchers, government agencies, agribusinesses, conservation groups, manufacturers and brands, and other key partners. Officially convened in 2014, the Honey Bee Health Coalition is working to help improve honey bee hive management, increase forage and nutrition for bees, control crop pests while safeguarding pollinator health, and enhance public-private outreach, communications, and education.
The Honey Bee Health Coalition — cited in a May 2015 report from the White House as a key example of a public-private partnership and vehicle for collaboration, outreach, and education — is working to achieve a healthy population of honey bees to support productive agricultural systems and thriving ecosystems. The Coalition also is working to foster new partnerships, leverage existing efforts and expertise, and incubate and implement new solutions.
Keystone’s work has been essential in helping the Coalition’s diverse members find collaborative strategies to substantively improve honey bee health in North America.
To learn more about the Honey Bee Health Coalition and its ongoing work, visit www.honeybeehealthcoalition.org.
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