Bee Shortage May Effect Food Availability

The number of bees in Canada and the U.S. has been steadily dropping, as their habitat is destroyed by mining, forestry and expanding suburbs. They are also killed by natural parasites and farm pesticides.

Beekeepers who are trying to replenish the supply are having trouble keeping up with the demand. According to researchers, about one-third of the food we eat is pollinated by bees. A drop in bee numbers will result in fewer crops and higher grocery bills.

?The consumer is the person who?s going to be hurt the most because food prices will rise if there are shortages,? says Peter Kevan, of the University of Guelph in Canada.

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