Bad news bears? This week it’s more like bad news bees

Brian Stallard for Nature World News describes a new study and recent news about more bad stuff for bees, including new ways the pesticides I posted about yesterday are killing bees, but this time in your own backyard. Check out his article, if you can bare any more bad news bees, at the link.

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President Obama wants to save our honeybees #YesBeeCan

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The White House and President Obama have announced a Presidential Memorandum that creates a task force that will create a Federal strategy to save pollinators, including honey bees, from recent declines. CNN news article here.

Pollinators contribute substantially to the economy of the United States and are vital to keeping fruits, nuts, and vegetables in our diets. Honey bee pollination alone adds more than $15 billion in value to agricultural crops each year in the United States. Over the past few decades, there has been a significant loss of pollinators, including honey bees, native bees, birds, bats, and butterflies, from the environment. The problem is serious and requires immediate attention to ensure the sustainability of our food production systems, avoid additional economic impact on the agricultural sector, and protect the health of the environment.