"The challenges are still there. We are still trying to understand bee decline. It is a huge puzzle. But I think that the underlying issue here is human interference. How much we have actually done to this worly, to which we are very short sighted and we cannot see the consequences of our actions. We want to make things and get quick outcomes. This is not sustainable. Behind all the issues with bee decline is the human being. We are transforming the planet to a completely different place and the challenges are there for many species, not just the bees."
"You have to dig down first, to build a strong foundation before you build up."
"The inflation of prices is the first thing that we are going to notice when bee populations decline. Our farming will not be sustainable and the farmers will have to transfer the costs to you. If we are not willing to pay these prices then the farms will have to close. We are heading towards an iceberg. If we don't have bees to pollinate then we won't have produce."
"In the United States, beekeepers lost 40% of honey bee colonies over the past year. Given that they pollinate an estimated $15 billion in crops each year, we should be concerned. Australia's honey bee population is estimated to be stable and almost the biggest it has been in the past ten years. But with 647,000 bee hives and 20,081 bee keepers, if something like Varoa Mite hit, it would be absolutely devastating."