Bees are dying at alarming rates
WASHINGTON, DC, April 5, 2013 – Huge numbers of bees in the U.S. have been inexplicably dying since 2005. In the past 12 months, what many are calling Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has destroyed 40 to 50% of the beehives used in the nation’s agricultural industry. Commercial beekeepers are worried, as bees continue to die and nobody really knows what is causing it.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), about one fourth of the American diet depends on the work of honeybees. Farmers rent honeybee hives from commercial beekeepers to pollinate their fields and orchards. Commercial honeybees pollinate almonds, onions, apples, cherries, peaches, plums, pears, eggplant, watermelons, etc. Due to this year’s massive decline in hive populations, beekeepers are already reporting a 20% rise in hive rental prices.
Read more: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/world-our-backyard/2013/apr/5/bees-are-dying-alarming-rates/#ixzz2UyEvhy9y
- One-Third of U.S. Honeybee colonies died last winter, threatening food supply (ascendingstarseed.wordpress.com)
- Another view …. One third of US bees have died! (hrexach.wordpress.com)
- CommonDreams – One-Third Of Honeybee Colonies In US Died Last Winter: The Food Collapse Approaches – 16 May 2013 (lucas2012infos.wordpress.com)