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Honeybee Population Declining and Its Devastating Effects

Most of us probably think of bees as annoying, buzzing insects with frightening stingers that we tolerate because of the delicious, sweet honey they produce. But bees do more than sting and make honey. They are responsible for pollinating as much as a third of our crops: including “apples, oranges, melons, broccoli, even alfalfa used to feed our livestock. . .” according to George Langworthy, director of a documentary from 2010 called “Vanishing of the Bees,” a film which is spreading the word on honeybee awareness.

Are you aware of the current crisis facing honeybees? Up to 50% of the bees are disappearing, which, according to groups like Bee Native, is caused by a group of pesticides known as neonicotinoids. Co-director and producer of “Vanishing of the Bees” Maryam Henein considers honeybee population declining as the “canary in the coal mine.”

There are several organizations that have formed to save the honeybees, including Bee Native, The Honeybee Conservancy, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Check out “Vanishing of the Bees,” find out more about how to eliminate the toxic pesticides and chemicals that are decimating our honeybee population, and help raise honeybee awareness.

For more information on the declining bee population, check out the podcast from Wednesday, September 4th with National Geographic News writer, Jennifer Holland at  The Maria Sanchez Show.

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