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“Why Does Bee Health Matter?”

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A colony of healthy honey bees is like a superorganism–individual bees provide the cohesiveness and interplay among its cells and tissues by delivering pollen and nectar containing nutrients necessary for growth and survival. Better nutrition gives the colony a strong immune system and the means to stay healthy.

Many recent indicators point to a decline in honey bee health. Sick and weakened bees diminish the colony’s resiliency, leading to a condition often referred to as colony collapse disorder. Most scientists agree that there are four main stressors affecting the…

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