Pesticides and Bees: Honeybees and Colony Collapse Disorder

April 15, 2015 12:35 PM

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Pesticides and Bees: Honeybees and Colony Collapse Disorder

From almonds to cherries, dozens of food crops are partially or totally dependent on honeybee pollination. And while media attention has waned, there’s still reason to worry about the country’s smallest and most indispensable farm workers.

Bee researchers first reported massive die-offs back in the 1990s. But the plight of the honeybee didn’t truly buzz into the national consciousness until the spring of 2013, when data revealed the average beekeeper had lost 45% of her colonies the previous winter. A mysterious phenomenon known as co...

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