White House unveils effort to save bees, other insects vital to agriculture

June 20, 2014 9:40 PM

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White House unveils effort to save bees, other insects vital to agriculture

WASHINGTON -- The White House on Friday announced a new effort to save honeybees, birds, bats, insects and other pollinator species that are critical for the nation's fruit, nut and vegetable growers but are dwindling rapidly.

California's $4.8 billion almond industry -- the world's biggest -- is especially imperiled because the crops are exclusively pollinated by honeybees, which have experienced dramatic declines over the past 60 years, the White House said.

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