For the bees: What is Colony Collapse Disorder, and why does it impact what we eat?

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If you care about food, you should care about bees. Or, put another way, if you care about food, you should care about what’s happening to bee populations, which, according to recent estimates from the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists, dropped by 25% percent in the past year, and have been on the decline for the better part of a decade. Ontario has been hit particularly hard this year, with a loss of 58% of bee colonies this past winter. The story south of the border is much the same: it’s estimated that the population of managed honey bees dropped by a quarter from 1990 to 2011 in the United States, leaving the number of hives at its lowest point in a half-century.

For the bees: What is Colony Collapse Disorder, and why does it impact what we eat?