Monday, April 15, 2013

California’s Bee Crisis

California farmers and beekeepers say they’re facing a crisis this year because the bee population is declining. That means not enough bees to pollinate the State’s food crops. There are multiple reasons for the decline, but no single factor has been discovered. The stresses on bees are attributed to factors such as; parasites, diseases, climate change and, increasingly, the chemicals used in agriculture. Since California’s crops are so critical to the country’s bees, the crisis has national implications. Pacifica’s Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.