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County's bees healthier than in many parts of U.S.; pesticides still a problem

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Posted on October 31, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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DESPITE A NATIONWIDE decline in honeybee numbers because of increased use of chemicals, parasites and global warming, Andrew Munkres of Lemonfair Honeyworks said Vermont bees are generally doing OK because beekeepers are getting smarter. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County is a good place to be a bee compared to many other parts of the country, local beekeepers report. And that’s a good thing.

“Roughly one-third of the food we eat is pollinated by bees,” according to Cornwall beekeeper Andrew Munkres.

Nevertheless, honey bees and other pollinators here continue to face serious challenges from parasites, from climate change, and most especially from an increased presence of pesticides and other toxins in crops and in the environment.

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