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Bee losses may be economically unsustainable

Posted May 17, 2014 by Ryan Hite
Honey Bee losses over recent winters may be economically unsustainable according to reports by the USDA. Although corporations assert that it is not as a result of their products, other studies say otherwise.
A honey bee consumes flower nectar and carries pollen along; many food crops depend upon honey bees ...
A honey bee consumes flower nectar and carries pollen along; many food crops depend upon honey bees for pollination.
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According to a report by the US Department of Agriculture, the honey bee colony loss was 23.2 percent last winter. The losses average 29.6 percent over an eight year span.
The report showed that the death rate from October of last year to April of this year was better than the 30.5 percent losses for the 2012-13 winter, but worse than the year before that.
These losses are still devastating to the crop yields that rely on bees for a quarter of our food supply. This is attributed to the growing use of pesticides that are sold to the agricultural industry for use in crops such as corn. It is at a rate that many experts see as unsustainable.
Experts point to a study issued on May 9 by the Harvard School of Public Health and found that two widely used neonicotinoids may harm honey bee colonies over the winter to significant extents, causing massive rates of loss.
Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta, Bayer, and other agrichemical corporations assert the bee colonies are being killed by other factors and not the chemical products that they are selling.