Over the past decade, the population of bees has reduced drastically. There are reported losses of 30-50% of colonies, more than the usual 5-15%. A part of this is due to certain pesticides which can wipe out entire colonies. Chemical residues permeate bee pollen and poison the colony.
Bees are huge pollinators, accounting for one third of the food we eat. If bees were to go extinct we would be in an even large global food crisis than we already are. The European Food Safety Authority has been limiting the amount of pesticides used that harm bees. The US needs to follow in these footsteps if we are to help retain the amount of bees needed to pollinate our crops and ecosystem.
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