European Research Finds Bee Colonies Do Better on Organic Farms

A study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology by researchers from CNRS, INRA, and the University of La Rochelle shows that bee colonies on organic farms have more bees, more brood, and greater honey production than bee colonies on conventional farms. The study used data spanning six years for 180 hives in west central France. Authors say the bees on organic farms may be benefiting from more pollen, more flowers, and a greater area of flowers, as well as absence of pesticides.