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Chemicals used by farmers suspected in disastrous die-off of honey bees
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By Pat Cunningham
July 25, 2013 11:11 a.m.



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THIS PROBLEM is not yet on the average American’s radar, but it should be:

[T]he mysterious mass die-off of honey bees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the US has so decimated America’s apis mellifera population that one bad winter could leave fields fallow. Now, a new study has pinpointed some of the probable causes of bee deaths and the rather scary results show that averting beemageddon will be much more difficult than previously thought.

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Most disturbing, bees that ate pollen contaminated with fungicides were three times as likely to be infected by the parasite. Widely used, ...

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