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What's the Buzz? Honey Bees

You may have heard that honey bees in this country have been disappearing or dying. So what's going on with bees?

Honey bees play a critical role in the pollination of many of our fruit, nut, and vegetable crops. In the past few years, African honeybees have begun to threaten honeybee colonies in the U.S. African bees are very defensive and can displace domestic bee colonies.

Mites have also been a problem for beekeepers in recent years, and continue to impact the industry.

Bees throughout the country have also been mysteriously disappearing. No one's quite sure what's going on, but it seems that millions of bees are flying off to look for pollen and nectar and never returning, in a trend called "colony collapse disorder."

To support the industry, consumers can buy U.S.-produced honey.

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