These Photos Capture The Startling Effect Of Shrinking Bee Populations

In parts of rural China, humans are doing the work bees once did.  Striking new photos show farm workers in Hanyuan county, in China’s Sichuan province, painstakingly applying pollen to flowers by hand.  Hanyuan county is known as the “world’s pear capital.” But pesticide use has led to a drastic reduction in the area’s bee population, threatening the fruit crop. Workers now pollinate fruit trees artificially, carefully transferring pollen from male flowers to female flowers to fertilize them. For photographer Kevin Frayer, the images of human pollinators tell a story of both loss and human creativity.  “On the one hand it’s

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