High Winter Toll For Ohio Honeybees

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Dayton, Ohio (AP) -- It was a tough winter for Ohio's honeybees, and state agriculture officials estimate up to 70 percent of hives kept by beekeepers died.

Ohio State University honeybee specialist James Tew says that's bad news for everyone because bees of all species are fundamental to our ecosystem.

State agriculture department experts say bees annually pollinate Ohio crops worth $44 million.

That includes berries, fruits and vegetables.

And honey sales earn $1.4 million.

Ohio beekeepers today have about 30,000 hives, a quarter of the number from nearly a century ago.

Tew says the declining numbers should be a matter of public concern.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2010 at 07:52 AM
    "concerned" is an understatement! And if you consider other eliments of our ecosystem like the frogs and fish and what we are doing to them and add autoimmune diseases in humans and pets, we should be VERY ALARMED!!!!We are poisoning our planet and everything on it! WE have bombarded ourselves and everything else with all these new chemicals in the food, water, and air! Doesn't anyone care? Don't you want to do something so our children and grandchildren don't suffer for it? SAVE THE BEES & SAVE OURSELVES!
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