Concerns over vanishing bees

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- The Central Washington Beekeepers Association is here at the fair with a display in the Ag building. They tell KIMA it's to bring awareness to the phenomenon of honey bees dying off. There's real concern the bees could disappear worldwide. This would be detrimental to our massive AG industry here in the Yakima Valley because bees don't just produce honey, they are also critical to pollinating crops.

"We've seen a rapid decline in not just the honey bees here in the valley, but nationwide and globally. Think about it 90%-up to 90% of the Yakima Valley is agricultural-based which requires honey bees for pollination," said Don Aman, Media Relations for the CWBA.

Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on your table. It's why local beekeepers say it's so important to do we they can save them. The National Honey Queen was also here in Yakima to raise awareness and promote the film