Bees on the blackberry bushes in the author's backyard. Though bees are necessary to pollinate 52 different crops in California, most Silicon Valley beekeepers care for bees for fun and not for profit.
Did you know in California bees are classified as livestock? Did you know California's almond industry imports 85 percent of all the available commercial hives in the United States to pollinate its almond trees each spring? That is a whopping 1.7 million beehives traveling to and from California annually on trucks.
Honey, that is a lot of bees on the freeway.