Ariana Lubelli Mar 24, 2017, 8:26 pmMar 25, 2017, 11:51 am

Several species of honeybees added to endangered species list

Honeybees, which pollinate for food production, are dying out due to toxic chemicals

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D.J. Haverkamp has been busy with bees for over 20 years. The Westchester County beekeeper owns Bedford Bee Honeybee Service and runs a beekeeping school.

"There are literally tens of thousands of honey bees in a colony, plus the fact that we can transport these to the location we need to be when the particular plant that we need to have pollinated is blooming is really what makes them so important to our food supply,” said Haverkamp.

At Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Tarrytown, he and bee keeper Maggie Schwed care for several colonies of honeybees. It is a growing concern for them and others that crucial pollinators are dying off.

"They’re pretty important for our agriculture because they say 1 every 3 bites of food you eat is dependent on the pollination done by honey bees,” said Schwed.

Recently, several different bee types were added to the U.S. endangered species list. Haverkamp says honeybees play a vital roll in the production of food.

"The meat that we're eating is also a result of plant food that's gathering up that solar energy,” said Haverkamp. “That insect that triggered the pollination process for that to happen is critical for that to exist. So, there would be a lot of hungry people without honey bees."

Honeybees not only impact what's on your plate and in the environment. Honey is used in products like soap, moisturizers, and shampoo.

Schwed claims it's the use of toxic chemicals that is causing big trouble for the buzzing bees.

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