Beekeeping, Pollination, and Externalities in California Agriculture

Siebert, J.W. (1980) Beekeeping, Pollination, and Externalities in California Agriculture. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 62 (2). pp. 165-171.

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Pesticide-induced beekills cost California beekeepers almost $1 million in 1975. California almond growers depend on bees for crop pollination and thus lost approximately $200,000 from beekills during this same year. A partial equilibrium framework is employed to calculate the marginal revenue product of a bee colony to the beekeeper and the marginal value product of a bee colony employed by an almond grower. The issue of bee protection is addressed in the context of the Tulare County citrus nectary. It is found that substantial net gains in total income were realized from the establishment ofa bee protection area.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: almonds, citrus, cost-benefit analysis, externalities, honeybees, pesticides, pollination,
Author Affiliation: Purdue University
Subjects: Social Sciences > Agricultural Economics
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2013 05:43
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2013 05:43
Official URL: 10.2307/1239682

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