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Fewer Honeybees In Virginia Could Drive Up Food Prices

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Richmond, VA—A drastic loss of Virginia honeybees may cause you to pay more at the grocery store.

"Pollination may be a little more difficult this year for our farmers," says Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services State Apiarist Keith Tignor.

There are over eighty different crops which rely on honeybees for pollination. But a combination of disease, cold and a disease known as Colony Collapse has wiped out a large number of honeybees.

"The loss of those pollinators in nature means there's going to be lower reproduction -- seed production for those plants -- and that may interfere with the ability of our forests and wetlands and meadows to be as beautiful and productive as they are," explains Tignor.

Bee pollination not only boosts crop production, but also food quality. Without the bees working to pollinate crops, food prices may increase.

"With lower production, availability of certain food items may be more difficult; and as a result, supply and demand -- prices are likely to go up," advises Tignor.

Experts say it may take up to two years to recover the hives lost in Virginia this year alone.

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