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CAN: A Buzzing Bee Industry

CAN: A Buzzing Bee Industry

The beekeeping industry in British Columbia was buzzing in 2015, with more people buying honey directly from beekeepers, bringing the estimated total farm receipts of the year to more than $25 million, up from $16.5 million in 2014. The sales from beeswax also climbed to more than $1 million in 2015. Beeswax is used to make candles, and is increasingly being used in the production of food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Beekeepers’ pollination income for 2015 brought in an estimated $5 million, with honeybees used to pollinate BC’s fruit, berry and canola farms. Crop pollination contributes an estimated $250 million to the BC economy and more than $2 billion in Canada. The province is home to more than 2,400 beekeepers and almost 45,000 bee colonies.(Source: gov.bc.ca)