Vermont has just held its first ever conference on beetles, bees and butterflies, to consider the threats that all pollinators face in Vermont. The conference was a response to President Obamas directive to create a national strategy to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators.

As a member of the Vermont Beekeepers Association, I went as a representative of the honeybees, pollinators for roughly $20 billion of U.S. crops. Worldwide, all pollinators are critical to $500 billion dollars worth of food crops.

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