Here's the buzz: American honey bees are disappearing at an alarming rate and the government knows why.
Scientists say a
pesticide called clothianidin, made by chemical giant Bayer, is
strongly linked to the rapid decline in bee populations. When
exposed to the chemical, bees get lost: they are literally unable to
find their way home back to the hive and drop dead from exhaustion.
uses her backyard garden to grow extra fruits and veggies for her
family and teach her children where their food comes from -- and in
the past few years, she's seen the decline in bees firsthand.
One-third of the U.S. food supply relies on honey bees.
Without bees to pollinate crops, many essential (and favorite) foods
are at risk, including apples, squash, tomatoes, strawberries, almonds,
and even chocolate.
countries, including Germany and France, have already banned
clothianidin. And after the bans, bee populations began to rise again.