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Today on Your Call: Why are honeybees disappearing?


On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about efforts to restore the honeybee population. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet. The European Union recently announced plans to ban three bee-killer pesticides, but they’re still legal in the US. How are pesticides contributing to decline of the bee population? Do we know why this is happening? And how do bees affect our food and eco systems? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Maryann Frazier, Senior Extension Associate at Penn State where she is working with other members of PSU Department of Entomology to understand how pesticides are impacting honeybees and other pollinator

Scott Black, executive director of the Xerces Society

Paul Towers, organizing and media director for the Pesticide Action Network

Web Resources:


A Review of Research into the Effects of Neonicotinoid Insecticides

on Bees, with Recommendations for Action

Link TV: Why the US Economy Needs Bees

IPS: U.S. Links Pesticides to Honey Bee Deaths, but Resists Ban

Huffington Post: Darren Cox, National Beekeeper Of Year, Focuses On Dying Bees

Mother Nature News: Colony Collapse: Are Potent Pesticides Killing Honeybees?