Economics of Pollination

44 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2020 Last revised: 29 Dec 2020

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Kathy Baylis

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics

Elinor Lichtenberg

University of North Texas

Erik Lichtenberg

University of Maryland - College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Date Written: December 18, 2020

Abstract

Many food crops rely on pollination by animals. Historically, wind and wild organisms provided pollination as an ecosystem service that varied across agroceological zones, cropping systems, and time. The value of these pollination services is likely substantial but has not been estimated reliably. More recently, pollination services in major crop producing regions have been provided through organized markets, primarily the rental of honey bees. The sustainability of commercially provided pollination services is being challenged by parasites, diseases, pesticide exposures, poor nutrition, and Colony Collapse Disorder. Economic analyses indicate that honey bee rental markets have been able to adjust to those challenges, at least to date. Understanding future sustainability of rental markets requires greater knowledge of contributions of wild pollinators, of optimal management of pollination services from wild and managed organisms, and of the value of pollination services provided by wild and managed organisms.

Keywords: Pollination, ecosystem services, honey bees, Colony Collapse Disorder

JEL Classification: Q57, Q12

Suggested Citation

Baylis, Kathy and Lichtenberg, Elinor and Lichtenberg, Erik, Economics of Pollination (December 18, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3711690 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3711690

Kathy Baylis

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics ( email )

1301 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61801
United States

Elinor Lichtenberg

University of North Texas ( email )

Denton, TX 76203
United States

Erik Lichtenberg (Contact Author)

University of Maryland - College of Agriculture & Natural Resources ( email )

0108 Symons Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-5551
United States

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