Local beekeepers' association says pesticides are dangerous to bee mortality
The province has promised to make strides in reducing a pesticide that has a direct link to killing honey bees. The Liberals says they want to reduce the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean in two years. The Muskoka-Parry Sound Beekeepers’ Association President Cathy Crowder says farmers don’t have a choice in what seeds they buy, which could negatively affect their bees.
Crowder says we don’t have many corn or soybean cash crops. But our bees can still be affected by crops or hives transported from the infected areas to our district.
Although it’s hard to say if pesticides are the cause of local bee deaths, Crowder says they still saw a reduction.
Crowder says last winter also played a part in local bee mortality. Click Reducing Pesticides and Protecting Pollinator Health for more information on the Ontario government’s announcement.