The bee business

  @FortuneMagazine March 21, 2013: 6:54 AM ET
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European honeybees are trucked by the billions to California's Central Valley. Their keepers come for the almond bloom, which begins mid-February.


Billions of bees arrive in mid-February, trucked and humming inside the metal bellies of thousands of semitrailers. Their keepers roll the hives out in white wooden boxes, plopping them down two to an acre across 600 miles of the most productive farmland on earth. They coat California's Central Valley like a buzzy blanket. It is the largest gathering of honeybees in the world, all here for a nut.

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