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Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
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Topic - Mace Vaughan
Dozens of farmers in California and other states have started replacing some of their crops with flowers and shrubs that are enticing to bees, hoping to lower their pollination costs and restore a bee population devastated in the past few years.
"For bees to thrive, they need a diverse diet, so we're trying to bring more pollen diversity to farms, more plants to be part of the bees' buffet," said Mace Vaughan, the group's pollinator program director. "This isn't a panacea to pollination woes. This is part of the solution overall."
Getting farmers to plant bee habitat is key, Mr. Vaughan said, because bees with nutritionally sound diets are better able to fend off diseases and other problems.