The bees started dying, noticeably, almost a decade ago in this country.
What would come to be known as Colony Collapse Disorder was already widespread in the U.S. and Europe, and in the spring of 2007 New Brunswick beekeepers reporter losses of 59 per cent of their bees over winter.
Last year, Ontario lost 58 per cent.
“We need bees if we are to continue to grow the food we eat,” says a senate report released this week, after hearing from 85 witnesses over eight months.
The report by the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry points out that of the 100 crop species that provide 90 per cent of the world’s food, more than 70 are pollinated by bees.
Canada has 800 different species of wild bee and more than 8,700 commercial and hobby beekeepers managing over 694,000 bee colonies. Bee crop pollination is worth an estimated $2 billion a year.
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