I wrote an article earlier this spring that The Green Fire Times was so kind enough to publish. 

http://greenfiretimes.com/2012/06/importing-bees-high-demand-creates-a-huge-dilemma/

The purpose of this article to inform concerned community members, beekeepers and non-beekeepers alike about the issues surrounding importing bees.

For those interested in learning to keep bees, PLEASE do your research into the health and genetics of the bees you intend to steward. Though you may be able to procure bees when you want and at a low cost, it is