The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) found that the honeybee population has been on the decline for the past year. The United States government has said that this issue must be addressed and the honeybee decline issue has become politically charged.

Losses of managed honey bee colonies hit 42.1 percent from April 2014 through April 2015, up from 34.2 percent for 2013-2014, and the second-highest annual loss to date, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a report.

The 2014-15 decline was down from the 45 percent fall in 2012-2013 but well above the other three years of annual measurements and well above the 18.7 percent benchmark considered economically unsustainable, the USDA said.

Beekeepers, scientists and environmental groups “have been blaming a certain insecticide known as neonicotinoids, or neonics, used on crops such as corn as well as on plants used in lawns and gardens,” according to the article.

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