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This is troubling.  “Something is wiping out honey bees across North America and a team of researchers is rushing to find out what it is. What’s being called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has now been seen in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia and way out in California. Some bee keepers have lost up to 80 percent of their colonies to the mysterious disorder. [. . .] “Whatever kills the bees targets adults, leaving few alive bees in the colonies, decimating the worker bee population in a matter of weeks.”  80 percent!  That’s not good.  I mean, losing a bit of honey might not seem bad, but it’s not that simple.  To wit: “Aside from making honey, honey bees are essential for the pollination of tens of million of dollars worth of cash crops all over the United States.”  We’re talking about a major impact to the food chain.

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