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Wednesday, May 07, 2008 

The Bad Buzz On the Bees

They're busily buzzing off....

A survey of bee health released Tuesday revealed a grim picture, with 36.1 percent of the nation's commercially managed hives lost since last year.

Last year's survey commissioned by the Apiary Inspectors of America found losses of about 32 percent.

This is the second year the association has measured colony deaths across the country. This means there aren't enough numbers to show a trend, but clearly bees are dying at unsustainable levels and the situation is not improving, said vanEngelsdorp, also a bee expert with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.- AP via SFGate

It also seems they, like humans, need clean air to thrive.

Air pollution impedes bees' ability to find flowers. Air pollution interferes with the ability of bees and other insects to follow the scent of flowers to their source, a new study suggests. Their findings may help explain the current pollination crisis. - WaPo

Haagen daz "hearts" honeybees. They think we all should, too.

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My in-laws have bee hives on their property and have noticed how each year their "crop" dwindles. Very sad, indeed.

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