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Beehive Wipeout Is Crimping Harvests as Crisis Enters New Stage

On Canada’s blueberry farms, there simply aren’t enough bees. It’s a troubling sign, experts say, of what could happen elsewhere.

Canadian beekeepers have on average lost half their pollinators this year, which is affecting the country’s most valuable fruit crop.

Canadian beekeepers have on average lost half their pollinators this year, which is affecting the country’s most valuable fruit crop.

Photographer: Gavin John/Bloomberg

The global honeybee crisis has reached alarming levels in Quebec’s blueberry pastures.

It’s flowering season at Nicolas Pedneault’s farm in the French-speaking Canadian province and every bee that lands on a blossom helps boost his blueberry crop. Hundreds of hives dot his fields, but he needs more—and can’t get them.