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Master Gardener helps save the bees

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Posted: Sunday, June 1, 2014 6:00 am | Updated: 1:55 pm, Mon Jun 2, 2014.

Gardeners have always known the importance pollinators play in keeping flowers and trees blooming and reproducing. Butterflies, bees and other insects are our garden helpers and without them, our beautiful, fragrant and edible world will suffer dire consequences, something that is sadly already starting to occur.

For the past decade, bee populations all over the world have been on the decline and scientists want to know why. Pesticides have been listed as the number-one cause, along with threats like Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a condition where bees are unable to resist infections caused by pesticide-contaminated parasites. Living in a culture where chemical use is commonplace, one may wonder if there is any way to help this vital insect’s plight.

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