contents

cultivation

one

Decline and disorder

Precedents

A question of scale

Hives at the bottom of the garden

Pollination needs

A poisoning

Insects as pests

Chemical warfare

The “weird world” of systemics

Edwin Clark, Hobbyist beekeeper, Lincolnshire, UK

Mike Thurlow, Commercial beekeeper, Orchid Apiaries, Norfolk, UK


two

Protest

Toxic limits

Dust drift

The cheap-fix

Pressure from all sides: parasites, viruses and pesticides

Proof

Lobbying and political fallout

The suspension

Armin Trenkel, Agricultural scientist, Landwirtschaftliches Technologiezentrum

(Agricultural Technology Centre), Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Hemma Köglberger, Small-scale beekeeper and agricultural scientist,

Agentur für Gesundheit und Ernährungssicherheit

(Agency for Health and Food Security), Lower Austria, Austria

adaptation

three

Domestic-feral

Swarming and proliferation

Taking control: a docile and productive bee

A remote site

Exporting a loss of distinction

Shipped in en-mass

The hybrid pool

Losing control: genetic introgression

Responsibility

Local rearing, the world over

Bee-rearing station, Upper Carniola, Slovenia

Aleš Gregorc, Professor and researcher of honeybee rearing,

Agricultural Institute of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia


four

Far from cultivation

A place to thrive

Climate and change

A place to survive

Co-adaptation

Choice intervention

A considerate future

Helen Bergqvist, Regional beekeeping expert, Lapland, Sweden

conservation

five

Concrete honey

Dead nature and the life indicator

Up-close and hands-on

Bees as community

Quantifying forage

Connecting habitat

Worth, value and use

Conserving a farmed creature

All beekeepers

Olivier Darné, Artist beekeeper, Parti Poétique, St. Denis, Paris, France

Caroline Birchall, Small-scale beekeeper, ecologist and Bee Collective founder, London, UK

epilogue

Sylejman & Ayni Zogiani, Commercial beekeepers, Fushë Kosovë, Kosovo

Tiberiu & Mihaela Chirãnescu, Migratory beekeepers, Dobruja, Romania

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