Why bees have one of the most important jobs in America

By "In Focus" staff | In Focus |


The bee population is declining and experts say that’s a serious issue because they provide us with a very important service … pollination.

Professor Boris Baer of UC Riverside talks about how 1/3 of the food grown in the U.S. is pollinated by bees, a process necessary for plants to reproduce.

Baer says traditionally, beekeepers loose approximately 16-20 percent of their hives every winter, but recently that number has risen to 40 percent.

Baer explains how pesticides, loss of habitat and parasites all play a part in the bee’s decline.


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