Pollination in agriculture and why it matters.
Honey bees are the most important pollinator in the United States and worldwide. Pollination is essential and a critically important process in producing much of the food we eat. Without pollinators, such as the honey bee, we would have few fruits, vegetables, nuts and many other types of food we depend upon. This 52-minute video gives an overview of the pollination process, the value of bees and the benefit humans gain from this relationship. It also provides insight into the complexity and challenges of the beekeeping industry. Most importantly, it presents a balanced perspective on the many factors associated with the decline of honey bees. The video concludes with an overview on some of the research currently underway at Washington State University in support of honey bee health and things we all can do to help bees and other pollinators.