Posted at 00:00h in Hickory Nut Forest, Laughing Waters 0 CommentsFounder of the Honeybee Project empowers locals on the plight & flight of the honeybee ( Gerton , NC ) It is estimated that thirty-three percent of everything that reaches the American table is pollinated by the honeybee. In North Carolina this equates to $80 million of the state’s economy. Yet, honeybee colonies are dying or disappearing in record numbers. One of many theories is that chemical pesticides and herbicides are causing colony collapse disorder. In contrast to commercial operations, which use direct chemical fumigation, organic bee colonies are not experiencing major declines.