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Agriculture Demand Outpacing Honeybee Increase, Researchers Say

Global honeybee supplies are tightening from food needs that are rapidly outpacing growth in the number of insects, with diseases such as Colony Collapse Disorder a lesser factor, according to a study in the journal Current Biology.

Production of crops dependent on commercial bees worldwide has increased sixfold over the past 50 years, while pollinator numbers gained only 45 percent, the researchers, including Lawrence Harder from Canada’s University of Calgary, wrote in the study, which was released today.