Live Chat: Honey Bees in Trouble (Video)

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Today's Topic

Honey bees are vital to agriculture because they pollinate a host of crops, but they’re in trouble. According to a recently released survey, one-third of commercial colonies in the United States were lost last year. That's in keeping with the 6-year average and roughly double what commercial beekeepers consider as acceptable losses. Many beekeepers blame pesticides, and the European Union last month moved to ban several. But how much are pesticides contributing to the decline of bees? And what can be done to improve the fate of these amazing, helpful insects?

Join us on Thursday, 16 May, at 3 p.m. EDT on this page for a live Google Hangout when we address these questions. Be sure to leave your questions for our guests in the comment box below.

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Today's Guests

Reed Johnson

Maryann Frazier


Erik Stokstad

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