Bees Will be Tough to Keep Alive Again This Year

A University of California at Davis bee expert warns that the nation’s beekeepers again will experience difficulties keeping their honeybees alive this winter. “It really does appear as though across the country we’re going to see a significant loss of bees again,” apiculturist Eric Mussen told the California Farm Bureau Federation.

Twenty-nine percent of U.S. hives were lost last winter to the mysterious phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder, according to a survey conducted by the Apiary Inspectors of America and USDA. Several causes are suspected but have yet to be proved since the disorder was first noticed in 2005.

Bees are crucial to U.S. agriculture, adding an estimated $15 billion in value each year by pollinating such staples as nuts, fruit and vegetables.

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  1. All very worrying – there does not seem to be any end in sight yet, despite all the research going on. As individuals, we can help by buying local where possible. Keeping bees in your own backyard is another great way to help fight the decline in bees.


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