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Learn more about bee colony collapse this Saturday

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- The Central Washington Beekeepers Association is giving you the opportunity to learn about the issue of bee colony collapses at a conference this Saturday.

Colony collapse refers to worker honeybees suddenly disappearing from their hives. It's an especially big issue here in Central Washington as many of our crops including, apples and cherries, are pollinated by bees.

"Without our honey bees, this economy would crash, and I don't think people realize that. People have lost connection to where their food comes from, and that's what we're trying to get across to the general public through the showing," says Don Aman with the Central Washington Beekeepers Association.

So far, researchers believe part of the problem may be a certain group of pesticides and possibly even genetically engineered crops.

The conference runs from noon to 5pm Saturday at the Capitol Theatre in Yakima followed by a showing of the movie "Vanishing of the Bees" at 6. Tickets will be available at the door.

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