Bee worried

Honeybees pollinate about 90 fruit and vegetable crops, here and around the world.

Apples, nuts, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, broccoli, celery, squash and cucumbers, citrus fruit, peaches, kiwi, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, cantaloupe and other melons depend on them.

The USDA says a third of the human diet comes from insect-pollinated plants, and the honeybee is responsible for 80 percent of that pollination.

The sudden demise of entire bee colonies — for no clear reason — has farmers, beekeepers and chefs worried.

There are lot of theories and one regional group keeping watch. This website is for MAAREC, a mid-Atlantic task force with representation from departments of agriculture, state beekeeping organizations, and land-grant universities from  New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

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