Various impacts on honey bee health in terms of pesticides, insecticides and herbicides, as well as beekeeper practices, and the negative effects of insect infestation are investigated here. Through scholarly sources, interviews and surveys with practicing beekeepers, and observations at beekeeper association meetings, this paper provides evidence of various factors that have shifted in the beekeeper’s world in terms for caring for their honey bees, and I show the circumstances threatening honey bees can have a direct correlation with other factors present in today’s agrarian practices. This paper also draws on the historical implications of honey bees within America’s past and how these negative factors influencing honey bees can prove to be a disruption with few effective solutions, even tentatively, being applied.

Semester/Year of Award

Fall 2019


Martin L. Brock

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Bachelor Thesis

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Honors Scholars

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Biological Sciences

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