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Bee population in serious decline

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - The bee population is in decline which could mean terrible things for agriculture.

Bees help produce more than 100 types of crops in the United States, everything from almonds to watermelons.

Without them, your 4th of July spread wouldn't be as plentiful.

Two beekeepers at Clark Botanic Garden in the Town of Hempstead are doing their part to save the honey bees.

"Without them, we wouldn't have an eco system" one of them told us. 

They went on to say that without bees, breakfast would be bland, lunch would be limited and dinner would be dismal. 

Bees pollinate more than 100 types of crops in the US, from the almonds in your granola to the berries atop your favorite dessert. Yet, US honey bee colonies are dying off at an average annual rate of 29.6%.

Scientists and beekeepers believe the honey bee decline may be caused by a combination of factors, including parasites, loss of habitat and increased exposure to pesticides.
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