IamA expert and one of the founders of the mason bee industry. I'm here to answer questions again about pollination and our food supply. AMA!
I did an AMA last February (link below) and I had a great time commenting and explaining why pollination matters and what's going on in the industry. I'm thankful that reddit has such an interest in the world around us. Food matters. Bees matter. There are more bees in the world than the one.
I am Dave Hunter, the owner of Crown Bees (http://crownbees.com), a small company in Seattle, WA, that will change the future of worldwide pollination. (fingers crossed)
A lot has happened in the past 10 months. A few peers and I have enough mason bees to begin pollinating this spring in WA/OR/CA orchards. Large and small orchard owners are signing up to begin using an alternate bee.
Worldwide researchers continue to study the mason bees accelerating in the past few years. The Mason bee is quickly becoming a well researched bee.
I'm excited to share more information with the reddit community. Please continue to ask pointed and great questions.
- I know most information about the native mason bees and how these bees will be used in worldwide pollination in the years to come.
- I know a bit about honey bees, but have done extensive Q&A with researchers from UC Davis and elsewhere to learn how the honey bee pollinates.
- I know how we can raise a billion mason bees, but it will take years. I'd like to discuss with anyone how we can shorten that time frame.