PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- Rhode Island College is working to fight hive collapse -- by breeding and raising bees.
Collapse of beehives is expected to raise produce prices significantly this year, as fewer bees will pollinate fewer fruits and vegetables. "Bees pollinate one third of everything we eat," said Jim Murphy, RIC's sustainability coordinator.
- Photos: RIC Fighting Beehive Collapse
It's estimated that forty-two percent of beehives across the country have collapsed in the past year. This impacts food costs, starting in California with almonds, and traveling east. Yields of almonds, apples, strawberries, blueberries and more are all down for farmers, forcing fresh produce prices up.
How far that'll go, nobody knows.
RIC's two hives -- their project just a year old now -- are being used to teach people the problems bees are facing, from adult courses to elementary school kids, including beginner beekeeping courses.
The highest hopes, Murphy said, is that the overall problem of hive collapse might be fixed at the college research level.
For more information please visit the Rhode Island Beekeeper Association , or the Massachusetts Beekeeper Association. If you would like to set up an informational tour at Rhode Island College, email Jim Murphy@ric.edu or visit the Rhode Island College bee's website.
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