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The bee will carry pollen from this fower to another.

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A Strange Disappearance
What has happened to all of the bees? Since 2006, honeybees have been
disappearing. You might not think much of this. But if bees keep disappearing, the
results could be drastic.
A Worldwide Problem
Farmers and scientists have discovered that bees and humans are connected. Thats
why they are alarmed. They worry about the effect of bee disappearance on humans.
You see, people all over the world depend on bees. They need them to pollinate their
crops. Without bees, one third of all the food we eat could not be grown. As a result,
many people could go hungry.
How Bees Help Us
When bees fly from plant to plant, they take pollen with them. The pollen taken
from one plant causes another plant to produce seeds. This is called pollination. As a
result of pollination, the plant continues to flower. It then produces foods that humans
eat. Because of bees we get foods like nuts, beans, apples and cherries.
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Helping Bees, Helping Ourselves
Scientists have been observing bees to find out what is wrong. They have
learned that there are many suspects. But they still do not know the cause. Still, the
discovery of disappearing bees has caused people to take action. Some people are
becoming beekeepers as a hobby. Many are starting bee gardens in their back yard.
Others are writing letters to their leaders. They are asking for more research to be
done. If we all take part in caring for bees, then humans will be better off, too.
A Beekeepers Perspective
In October of 2006, beekeeper Dave Hackenberg delivered 400 bee colonies to
a farm in Florida. When Hackenberg returned to pick up his hives, the boxes were
empty. The bees had disappeared.
I meanit was like a ghost town, Hackenberg explained. Theres no dead
bodies out on the ground. The bees flew away, disappeared.
Soon, bees began disappearing in large numbers all over the place. According
to Hackenberg, maybe a third of the bees in the United States had disappeared
by the spring of 2007.
Beekeepers are very worried about bee disappearance. Beekeepers depend on
the bees for their living. If many more bees die, Ill probably be out of business,
Dave Hackenberg has said.
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