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Honey bee deaths hit 40%, losses $1.6 billion

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Politics,Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets
As the Environmental Protection Agency nears approval of another deadly new pesticide, the honey industry is revealing that the mysterious disease snuffing out bees, blamed in part on advanced pesticides, killed 40 percent of the nation's hives last year, bringing the total lost to at least $1.61 billion over the last six years. Industry officials told the EPA this week that honey bee operators...