Bee Crisis: More Than 40 Percent of Honey Bee Colonies Lost

We are losing our bees at an alarming rate. They are vital to the growth of our food crops. The use of certain pesticides must be stopped.

The Fifth Column

(Photo: Dead Bee via Shutterstock) Beekeepers have reported losing more than 40 percent of their honey bee colonies over the last year. (Photo: Dead Bee via Shutterstock)

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A dangerous new pattern in the bee crisis is alarming researchers and advocates. For the first time ever, beekeepers are losing more bee colonies during summer months than the cold winter months.

Beekeepers have reported losing more than 40 percent of their honey bee colonies over the last year, according to a recently released survey.

Why such alarm among experts and activists alike? Two thirds of crops require pollination by bees – that’s one out of every three bites of food we take.

The survey, conducted each year by the Bee Informed Partnership (BIF) in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America, included responses from 6,000 small-scale and commercial beekeepers from all 50 states to help assess the health of our nation’s honey bee colonies. The…

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