Foragers of a Modern Countryside: Honeybees, Agricultural Modernization and Environmental Change in the Great Lakes Region


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This transnational study explores the effects of agricultural modernization and the corresponding transformation of rural and suburban ecosystems upon honey bees and their keepers. My research to date has concentrated on the evolving relationship between fruit growers and beekeepers surrounding the advent of insecticide spraying legislation in Ontario in the early 1890s; and beekeeper and state responses to the emergence of American foulbrood, a bacterial disease that decimated apiaries from the 1880s to the 1940s.

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