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Maps reveal US “hotspots” where crops could fail in the future

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Maps reveal US “hotspots” where crops could fail in the future

In the first-ever study that uses data modeling to track the populations of wild bees in the US, scientists have uncovered a disturbing trend. Bee populations are dropping in the regions of the country that need them most. Dozens of staple foods depend on bees for pollination, including almonds, apples, berries, onions, and broccoli. Because of declining bee populations in the past decade, farmers have come to depend more on domestic honey bees to keep their crops thriving. But as University of Vermont environmental planner Inso Koh and his colleagues point out in a new paper in the Proceedings of...

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