User interface and data visualization design firm FFunction created this infographic to visualize the severe decline of the honey bee population (Colongy Collapse Disorder) over the last 5 years, how it affects us, and why it matters.
Why should we care? According to the infographic, bee-pollinated crops account for 1/3 of our diet and represent $15-$20 billion of crops annually.
Often overlooked is the impact that Colony Collapse Disorder has on the bee keepers. This is one set of data I feel is missing from this visualization.
If you are interested in reading more about the economics of bee keeping check out Josh Levin’s excellent post on GoodEater Collaborative:
Urban Honey Economics: Can You Beat The Stock Market With A Rooftop Swarm?