Honeybees are important pollinators in agricultural, urban and natural landscapes. Bees pollinate about 130 fruit, vegetable, nut, ornamental and fiber crops in the United States, contributing about $15 billion annually through improved crop yield and product quality. Hundreds of millions of dollars are additionally generated through the sale of hive products such as honey, wax, pollen, propolis, royal jelly and venom. Learn more about honeybees - Nightly News - msnbc.com Scientists suspect corn insecticide in mass bee deaths FREDERIC, Wi., March 9, 2012 Bees are nearing a crises, prompting the government to spend millions on a massive data base and asking beekeepers on March 27 for advice on how to save them and prevent the nations agriculture from collapsing. Were not very far above a crisis or a critical situation, said Jeffery Pettis, lead bee researcher at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Were operating on a very thin margin as far as meeting pollination demands. Government says bees in crisis and funds millions for local solutions | Washington Times Communities When I read about the Republican "War on Science", the hatred for the EPA and the disdain for scientists, I shudder to think what would happen to this country if their radical stone age agenda was ever realized.