Few of us truly appreciate just how much the honey bee has been industrialised – and the simple yet radical invention that made that industrialisation possible.
Humans have valued bees for their honey for thousands of years – and economists have long admired bees for their cooperative work ethic, too. But few of us, whether economists, honey-lovers, or both, have quite appreciated just how much the honey bee has been industrialised – and the simple yet radical invention that made that industrialisation possible. As Tim Harford explains, it is a sign of just how far the modern market economy has penetrated that it now reaches deep into the heart of the beehive.
Producer: Ben Crighton
Editor: Richard Vadon
(Image: Bee keeper lifting shelf out of hive, Credit: MIlan Jovic/Getty Images)
Bee Wilson, The Hive: The Story of the Honeybee and Us, pages 54, 222-225
Steven N. S. Cheung, The Fable of the Bees: An Economic Investigation. 16J.L.& Econ.11 (1973)
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