Beekeepers Report Higher Loss Rates In Bee Populations

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A bee harvests pollen from the flowers of a wild cherry tree near... News PhotoAgriculture,Animal,Berlin,Bestof,Business,Close To,Crop,Environmental Damage,Environmental Issues,Finance,Flower,Germany,Honey,Horizontal,Human Interest,Pollen,Pollution,Topics,Topix,TreePhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesBLANKENFELDE, GERMANY - APRIL 25: A bee harvests pollen from the flowers of a wild cherry tree near Berlin on April 25, 2013 in Blankenfelde, Germany. Local beekeepers claim their yearly loss rates within their bee populations has gone from an average of 10% per year to 30% per year over the last 10 years, though they are unsure whether the cause lies with a mite and a virus it might be spreading or with the increased use of certain pesticides by local farmers. According to a recent report prepared by Greenpeace seven pesticides currently in use in Europe present a real danger to bees. Bees are essential in nature in pollenating a wide variety of plants and trees. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)