QWhat about the depletion of the bee population. Also glyphosate in round up is not healthly.

What about the depletion of the bee population. Also glyphosate in round up is not healthly.

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Find data on honeybee populations from the 1940s until today, and learn how you can help provide food sources for bees.

Thank you for your question. Doing a simple Internet search for the number of bee colonies leads to many results. One common result of a search is that honeybee colony numbers have declined since their peak, in the 1940s, until now. Honeybee colony numbers peaked during the 1940s for a number of reasons. One important reason was to support the war effort. Sugar was rationed and honey served as an alternative sweetener. Possibly more important, a high percentage of the U.S. population lived in the country, where maintaining a bee colony was easier. As the population moved to the city and suburbs, keeping bee colonies was not as convenient or important.
 
Using more current and reliable data shows that honeybee numbers have stabilized in the United States and are increasing in Canada and Europe: Tweet: Honeybee numbers have stabilized in the US and are increasing in Canada and Europe. Find data @GMOAnswers http://bit.ly/1JdDuLq Click to Tweet


So while a number of factors play a role in bee numbers, beekeepers have done a remarkable job stabilizing the numbers and even growing populations. People outside of beekeeping can also be part of the solution, by providing food resources for bees. See http://feedabee.com for more information on honeybees and methods to help. Tweet: Beekeepers have done a remarkable job stabilizing bee numbers. Learn how you can help: http://bit.ly/1JdDuLq via @GMOAnswers Click to Tweet
 
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