A “sharp decline” in the U.S. population of honey bees is examined in a new report (pdf) from the Congressional Research Service.
“This phenomenon first became apparent among commercial migratory beekeepers along the East Coast during the last few months of 2006, and has since been reported nationwide,” the CRS report said.
Various potential causes have been postulated, including parasites, pathogens, chemical contaminants, poor nutrition, and “stress.”
The declining bee population is the subject of a hearing today before the House Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture.
See “Recent Honey Bee Colony Declines,” Congressional Research Service, March 26, 2007.
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