Bee colony collapse disorder on the rise

April 1, 2013 12:24:11 AM PDT
Commercial bee deaths due to colony collapse disorder are on the rise and researchers are now taking a closer look at pesticides.

Colony collapse happens with a sudden loss of a colony's worker bee population. According to the New York Times, scientists have zeroed in on relatively new pesticide. A group of environmentalists filed a suit against the environmental protection agency for approving the use of the pesticide.

Meanwhile, the E.P.A. sent experts to the San Joaquin Valley to investigate. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is expected to issue its assessment later this spring.