Lee Rosen – Honey Bee Statistics
Lee Rosen- According to statistics compiled by the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations, honey bee colony losses in some countries are as high as 60 percent. The global average is about 20 percent. In the United States, losses range from state-to-state; anywhere from 28 to 59 percent.
Honey bees are crucial to the world’s agriculture industry. Bees pollinate an estimated $15 billion of U.S. crops, ranging from almonds to zucchini, each year, according to USDA.
The worldwide honey bee population is estimated at 83.4 million colonies, according to the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations.
China is the leading honeybee and honey producer in the world with an estimated population of 10 million colonies. Turkey claims to have the second-largest number of colonies at 7.9 million.
According to Bee Culture Magazine, “The United States is ranked in the top 10 for the most honey bee colonies in the world but is the second largest honey producer.”
Lee Rosen – There are an estimated 200,000 U.S. beekeepers managing about 2.7 million honey bee colonies, according to USDA. A healthy colony contains as many as 60,000 bees, during spring and summer.
Honey bee colony and honey production rankings vary depending on various sources.