In 2014, California's Central Valley, the largest agricultural sector in the nation, sustained the highest water loss it's ever recorded. Without water, wildflowers struggled to grow. Without wildflowers, honeybees, which are linked to $15 billion dollars in US crop pollination, lost their source of food. California's small business beekeepers moved to maintaining their hives with purely artificial diets. Creating a precarious balance between bees and humans where each relies on the other for its diet.

The piece ran in both The Atlantic and Outside Magazine.