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Scientists stunned as bee populations continue to decline
Posted By admin On August 16, 2010 @ 3:07 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled
Natural News 
Aug 16, 2010
Scientists remain stymied as honeybees in the United States and across the world continue to die in large numbers.
“There are a lot of beekeepers who are in trouble” said David Mendes, president of the American Beekeeping Federation. “Under normal condition you have 10 percent winter losses … this year there are 30, 40 to 50 percent losses.”
For many years, beekeepers have been plagued by colony collapse disorder, in which formerly healthy bees abruptly vanish from their hives. The number of beehives in the United States dropped 32 percent in 2007, another 36 percent in 2008 and still another 29 percent in 2009.
A number of explanations for the phenomenon have been suggested, including diseases, parasites, malnutrition, but toxic chemicals are emerging as a major concern among beekeepers.
“It might not be the only factor but it’s a contributing factor,” said Jeff Pettis of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland.
A study recently published in the journal Public Library of Science found 121 different pesticides in 887 samples taken from beehives in 23 U.S. states and Canada.
“A few years ago they did not use any pesticide at all.”
Pettis said that the destruction of natural lands is having a negative impact on the health  of bees, which require a “diverse natural habitat.”
“The world population growth is in a sense the reason for pollinators’ decline,” he said. “Because we need to produce more and more food to feed the world we grow crops  in larger fields.”
“A growing world means growing more food and to do that we need pollinators,” he said. “And the fact that the world is continuing to grow is the driving force behind the habitat destruction.”
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