In the case of CCD, all those societal rules have literally flown out the window.
"All the brood is left to die because they can't fend for themselves," she said. "And it is not like we are finding mass graves of the bees who left."
Stanley said scientists don't know if it is a virus of some sort, a pathogen, pesticides or a weakened immune system that is causing the problem. It could even be something else entirely, she added. But the problem is severe — not only because honeybees produce honey, but perhaps more importantly because honeybee pollination adds $15 billion to U.S. crop value, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
"It is a concern to everybody, and a lot of people are getting involved in beekeeping as a way to curtail the effects of CCD."
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