Protect valuable bees

 

Re the June 15 article Bees’ death angers couple: Honey bees are important on a local as well as global level. They pollinate a large portion of our crops. The Department of Agriculture has said that more than $15 billion is added annually to the value of our crops by bees. About one mouthful out of three that we eat is a result of bee pollination.

Globally, honey bee populations have been dropping significantly over the past 30 to 40 years. Beekeepers in the United States have been reporting colony losses of more than 30 percent annually. Such losses used to be 12 percent to 15 percent.

Knowing these facts, the eradication of large and vibrant wild colonies that do not pose a public threat is unacceptable and irresponsible.

Natasha Gottlieb, Miami

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