31 Mar '13, 2am

Crops that won’t grow without #honeybees: Apples, cucumbers, broccoli, onions, pumpkins, carrots, avocados, almonds

The list of crops that simply won’t grow without honey bees is a long one: Apples, cucumbers, broccoli, onions, pumpkins, carrots, avocados, almonds … and it goes on. Without bees to pollinate many of our favorite fruits and vegetables, the United States could lose $15 billion worth of crops -- not to mention what it would do to your diet. Honey bees are important pollinators for both flowers and agricultural crops. Beekeepers first sounded the alarm about disappearing bees in 2006. Seemingly healthy bees were simply abandoning their hives en masse, never to return. Researchers call the mass disappearance Colony Collapse Disorder, and they estimate that nearly one-third of all honey bee colonies in the country have vanished . Why are the bees leaving? Scientists studying the disorder believe a combination of factors could be making bees sick, including pesticide exposure, ...

Full article: http://www.nrdc.org/wildlife/animals/bees.asp

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