When it comes to food, we have a lot more than honey to thank bees for - more than three quarters of the world’s food crops depend, at least in part, on pollinators. But bee populations, we often hear, are under threat, and that’s largely due to human behaviour.

Emily Thomas speaks to three beekeepers about the challenges of making money from honey and the complicated relationship between the human and the honey bee.

If we look carefully into the hive, she discovers, bees can teach us much about the environment, society and ourselves.

Producer: Simon Tulett


Joan Kinyanjui, Yatta Beekeepers, Nairobi;

Dale Gibson, Bermondsey Street Bees, London;

Ian Steppler, Steppler Farms, Manitoba.

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(Picture: A honey bee on the end of a human finger. Credit: Getty Images/BBC)

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