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CAN: Taking Action on Bee Mortalities

CAN: Taking Action on Bee Mortalities

Ontario is bringing together a group of experts to provide advice on how to prevent bee mortalities. The Bee Health Working Group, comprised of beekeepers, farmers, agri-business representatives, scientists and staff from both federal and provincial government agencies, will provide recommendations on how to mitigate the potential risk to honey bees from exposure to neonicotinoid–a pesticide used for corn and soybeans. The working group will provide its recommendations by spring 2014. There are 3,000 registered beekeepers in Ontario managing about 100,000 honey bee colonies. Honey production contributes $25 million to the province’s economy. (Source: omafra.gov.on.ca)