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What disappearing bee colonies could mean for you and the economy

Over the past winter, one-third of U.S. honeybee colonies died or disappeared. Time Magazine looks at the reasons behind mass deaths in U.S. bee colonies and what it could mean for farmers and the economy.

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Since 2006, the mortality rate for bees has more than doubled, but no one seems to know why.

Because crops like almonds, apples, avocados, and asparagus depend on the pollination these insects provide, bee colony collapse could devastate American crops and, in turn, impact the fragile economic recovery.

Watch the video to learn more.

WATCH: How disappearing bees could impact the economy

Updated