Fifteen years ago, Hackenberg Aviaries, with hives in Pennsylvania and Florida, produced 300 barrels of honey a year. According to Davey Hackenberg, that number dipped to 80 barrels two years ago and 40 last year.
Nationwide, many beekeepers report their harvests have been cut by half. The wholesale price of honey has nearly doubled in the past 10 years, now hovering around $8 per pound according to the National Honey Board.
If honeybees are dying and the bees that remain spend most of their time rented out as pollinators, and if American beekeepers routinely report lower honey production and diminished vigor among their honeybees, then we must have a shortage of honey. Right?