Where Have the Bees Gone?

Over the past several years, scientists have noticed a steep drop in the bee population of North America.  In many areas, the honeybees are dying off a double the normal rate, known as colony collapse disorder.  What is behind this disturbing phenomenon?  According to a New York Times article released this week, the culprit may be a plant virus spread to bees through the pollen of tobacco and soy plants.  Referred to as the tobacco ringspot virus, the deadly disease is the first known case of a virus jumping from pollen to bees.  To learn more about this new discovery and how bees are vital to human flourishing, read the NY Times article here.

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