Bee colony collapse, a mysterious disorder that suddenly destroys otherwise healthy hives, continues to plague the beekeeping industry. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture figures released earlier this spring show that 34 percent of managed hives were lost this past year, up from 29 percent the previous year.

Maybe because there’s so much news these days, and so little time for it, this hasn’t attracted a lot of attention in the media. The implications, however, are that our food source is threatened. Farmers rely on bee colonies to pollinate their crops, maybe 75 percent of all the food we eat.

No bees. No food. Simple as that.

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