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A Big Ball of Wax
Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Fri Jun 14, 2013 02:16 PM CDT

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (DTN) -- An estimated one of every three food bites we take depends on insect pollination, most of which is accomplished by bees.

Yet, commercial agriculture practices have also been one of the main targets as researchers work to pick apart the puzzle of honey bee death and decline. Pesticides and lack of foraging areas for bees are thought to be part of the reason U.S. beekeepers have endured an average of 32% winter colony losses every year since 2006.

The plight of the honey bee has captured national attention and put "big ag" in the crosshairs of ...

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