IamA expert on solving the honey bee crisis. I run a business providing native bees to orchards. AMA
You saw the August Time magazine about the failing honey bees. You have seen less bees around you. Our food supply is in jeopardy.
My credentials: I started raising native mason bees 20 years ago as a hobby, found out what was going on with the crisis and quit my job to start a "action oriented" company, www.crownbees.com
I coordinated 600 master gardeners in Northwest Washington who are raise mason bees in their yards for us. This is a huge logistics program. We now raise 250,000 bees and are expanding.
I founded the Orchard Bee Association (researchers, mason bee producers, orchard managers) 4 years ago and have finally stepped down as president this year. This is an international non-profit professional team that collaborates to accelerate the use of bees in orchards. We constantly are coming up with new techniques.
We now have gardeners across the US raising bees for us. We buy them back and sell them to regional customers in the same area. Later, we'll rehome these bees to qualified regional orchards.
Our intent is to not replace the honey bee, but supplement them. Relying on only one insect for all of our food is risky. We should use native bees as well.