Beekeepers Report Higher Loss Rates In Bee Populations


Beekeper Reiner Gabriel inspects his bee colony following a long,... News PhotoAgriculture,Animal,Business,Community,Environmental Damage,Environmental Issues,Examining,Finance,Following,Germany,Horizontal,Human Interest,Pollution,WinterPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesBLANKENFELDE, GERMANY - APRIL 25: Beekeper Reiner Gabriel inspects his bee colony following a long, local winter in the garden of his home 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)