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Bee science

(article, Culinate staff)

Honey bees have been struggling against the mysterious affliction known as colony collapse disorder for several years now. Three years ago, a fungus and a virus together were blamed for causing the die-offs. 

Now a new study has concluded that a variety of pesticides and fungicides together are causing the disorder, by contaminating the pollen that bees collect to feed their hives. The chemicals apparently weaken the bees and make them more susceptible to parasites, mites, and disease.

The possible result, if we can't figure out how to save the bees? A truly massive winter die-off, followed by a spring with no pollination and a summer with no crops. Then we'll really hit the winter of our discontent.