paper, 292 pp., $16.95
Essential to the pollination of one third of all crops in the United States, commercial honey bees are largely responsible for the high production of agricultural crops such as vegetables, fruits, and nuts, as well as feed for beef and dairy cattle. When their populations were recently devastated by a phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), beekeepers everywhere sought an answer to why adult bees had abandoned their hives. Author Michael Schacker, an investigative science writer, reports on the search around the world to find the solution to this environmental puzzle, which threatens the health and welfare of all citizens. His findings are a lesson in environmental responsibility.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden