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Taken from "Extra Dirt" February 3, 2014
"Over the last decade, bee colonies, particularly honey bees, have been dying en masse, and entomologists and other researchers are working to find out why.
As gardeners, we know that bees are critical to plant life and food production. But why is this happening and what can you do?
In a recent TED talk, noted University of Minnesota Professor of Entomology, Marla Spivak, discusses the important role of bees, which pollinate more than one-third of the world's fruits, vegetables and flowering plants. She outlines some of the main reasons scientists believe bees are dying, including parasitic mites, viral and bacterial diseases and exposure to pesticides and herbicides.
At the end of her talk, Spivak offers several ways people can help bees—it's surprisingly simple! "
Video: Save the Bees!