In an effort to stop the vanishing honey bees and resulting global collapse, the Open Source Beehives Project was established by Open Tech Forever and Fab Lab Barcelona. Millions of bees have been dying, which causes an enormous problem for the $30 billion worth of crops that depend on bee pollination, not to mention other varieties of flora and fauna. While a singular cause has yet to be determined for Colony Collapse Disorder, a recent USDA study suspects both the Vorroa destructor parasitic mite and a growth found in pesticides called neonicotinoids.
The Open Source Behives Project hopes to stop vanishing honey bees by spreading low-cost, simple beehive designs so more people can become beekeepers and make their own hives. Their project also encourages collaboration and bee monitoring.