The Great Migration of 30 Billion Bees

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Published: February 28, 2017


Yesterday I learned something amazing about the managed migration of bees from NPR’s Planet Money Episode 756: The Bees Go To California.


NPR’s Planet Money

Episode 756: The Bees Go To California

“VANEK SMITH: The size of this mass migration is stunning. In the span of a few weeks, 30 billion bees will be shipped from around the country to the Central Valley. They will pollinate enough flowers to create 700 billion almonds.”


I have a friend who owns 40 acres of almonds. She just told me the cost of hiring bees that morning before I listened to the podcast. So I sent her the link. She found the story interesting too.


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30 Billion Bees

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