About a decade ago, bees began to mysteriously die off. Scientists called it Colony Collapse Disorder, and its exact causes have not been indisputably identified.
People panicked, worried about the impact on food production, especially in California's Central Valley.
Well, believe it or not, there are more bees today than back then. And they're playing a special role in the cultivation of crops in the Golden State.
Josh Dzieza wrote about this in his piece, "Save the Honeybee, Sterilize the Earth," for Pacific Standard. He joined Take Two to talk about how beekeepers have adapted to the continued die off of bees by rapidly replacing them, feeding them pollen supplements, and trucking them from as far as Florida to the nation's fruit bowl -- California's Central Valley -- to work the fields in greater numbers than ever before.