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Mystery Threat to Iowa's Crops

May 9, 2007

Spring is the time when bees go to work helping to pollinate plants, but they may be scarce this year. A mystery scientists are calling "colony collapse disorder" is threatening food crops across the country. Julia Bovey of the Natural Resources Defense Council says no one can predict when it will strike here, but when it does, it could affect many of our popular home grown crops. She says people in their daily lives can do things to protect the bees that we have.

“That includes things like being really careful of what you spray in your own garden, being careful to make sure that when you plant things in your garden and in your yard that there are things that have pollen, that are natural. Natural native plants are best.”

Researchers are at a loss to explain why bees are abandoning their hives.

“Bees that seem totally healthy are leaving their hives to go out and pollinate as they do, and then not returning. It's bizarre behavior because that is what bees do. They leave the hive, they gather food, and they bring it back to the hive.”

Bovey adds that about a third of the food we eat comes from food pollinated by bees, and that adds up to a potential annual loss to growers of $15 billion.

Dick Layman/Eric Mack, Public News Service - IA