2010 decline in US bee population expected to be 30 to 50 percent

The decline in the US bee population, first observed in 2006, is continuing. Data from the US Department of Agriculture show a 29 percent drop in beehives in 2009, following a 36 percent decline in 2008 and a 32 percent fall in 2007. Winter figures will be published in April. But preliminary estimates already indicate losses of 30 to 50 percent, said David Mendes, president of the American Beekeeping Federation."There are a lot of beekeepers who are in trouble" he said."Under normal condition you have 10 percent winter losses.. this year there are 30, 40 to 50 percent losses."

Source: Sydney Morning Herald, 29 March 2010