By Meredith Arthur, Eric Slatkin, and Blake Smith
Sonoma County, California, beekeeper Serge Labesque
treats his bees with respect, though that’s probably not all that’s needed to save the world’s swarms from Colony Collapse Disorder
. The sticky stuff’s far-reaching power includes healing burns and adorning a fine panna cotta recipe
This is a regular series called Obsessives, in which CHOW explores the worlds of singularly focused food-industry figures. These are the people with the dirty hands, answering detailed questions about the work they do.