As natural pollinators suffer, farmers are becoming more dependent on commercial species of bees—those bred and transported for agricultural purposes. Without them, we would no longer even have certain foods. For Pacific Standard, Josh Dzieza writes about the use of bees in commercial agriculture:
Without bees our supermarkets would be far blander and less nutritious places. There would still be grains, but fewer of the many fruits, nuts, and vegetables that need bees to pollinate them. The Department of Agriculture estimates that bees add about $15 billion in value to the crops they pollinate, and these days, they get driven to those crops on trucks. Avocados, plums, pears, cantaloupes, cucumbers: they all get pollinated by a migrant force of honeybees.