Pesticides, starvation implicated in recent Oregon bee die-offs; task force seeks solution

Several highly publicized bee die-offs have increased concern for the health of Oregon's bee populations, prompting investigations and the establishment of a legislative task force to examine pesticide use and improve pollinator habitat in the state.

A collapse in bee population could destabilize food supplies, as about a third of all the food we eat is dependent on bee pollination. In Oregon, commercial and wild bees provide an estimated $600 million in annual agricultural value.

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