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The honeybee population in the United States decreased by 31% during the winter of 2012-2013. This is according to a study based on data collected from over 6,200 creators conducted by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) in partnership with two associations, Bee Informed Partnership and Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA).

Production among bee yards surveyed represents 22.9% of the total in the United States. The loss of bees was 42% higher than the previous winter, when 21.9% of them died. According to research, a reduction of up to 15% of colonies is considered acceptable.

There is no consensus among experts to explain these high mortality rates. Parasites, diseases, genetic factors, malnutrition and exposure to pesticides are among the most cited reasons.

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