The plight of the common honey bee has seen increasing media coverage due to something called colony collapse disorder, where the worker bees in a hive simply disappear. There has been a drastic rise in the number of disappearances in North America.
Inpro decided to do its part in reversing the trend, and installed a honey bee sanctuary on its corporate campus outside Milwaukee. The initial population introduced in the hives was 6,000-7,000 bees, which Inpro hopes will grow to about 60,000 bees once the hives are in full production this summer.
Commercial bee colonies have dropped by half since the 1980s. Theories as to the cause of colony collapse range from pesticides, to a type of mite, to unknown pathogens, but solid answers to reverse the trend remain elusive. The danger of the bee collapse is significant as numerous agricultural crops rely on bees for pollination. According to the UN, close to $200 billion worth crops globally are dependent on bees to help in spreading pollen.
The sweet side of this story is Inpro will sell the honey from the hives to employees and their families, and promote buying locally from other honey producers. The proceeds from Inpro honey sales will be used to expand the bee sanctuary and other sustainability projects at the company.
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