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New Task Force Aims to Address Diminishing Honeybees

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Some of the busiest insects are in danger. Honeybees are slowly diminishing, but President Obama just formed a task force to try to pinpoint why bees are going away and figure out how to fix it.

Beekeepers in central Virginia say they hope it’s a step in the right direction. Marie Taylor, a gardener and beekeeper in Albemarle County, says honeybees are crucial to the food industry because they pollinate fruit, nuts and vegetables. The reason she started keeping bees is because there weren't enough pollinators in the area.

Taylor says if honeybees disappeared, one in every three bites of food we take would go away.

"It's not one thing that's causing the problem with the pollinators; it's a combination of many different stressors,” Taylor said. “It's going to take the work of a lot of people to figure out a way to address all those issues. I'm hoping they can keep the focus on it and keep a lot of people involved."

Obama recommends about $50 million should go toward research and conservation.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Agriculture will be taking the lead on these efforts to try to increase the number of conservation programs.

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