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Bee deaths rise in Canada as lobbying to open border grows

We’re all waiting patiently for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s risk assessment on cross-border bee imports from the United States. The report, which will look at the level of risk associated with reopening the border to cheaper bee imports from the U.S., is supposedly undergoing peer review among scientists before being released for public comment.
But as time wears on, the lobbying efforts of those on both sides of the issue grow more strident. The Ontario Beekeepers Association, B.C. Honey Producers and several other provincial representative groups have weighed in against lifting the ban. The Manitoba and Alberta beekeepers assocations, who collectively represent the majority of commercial beekeepers in Canada, are decidedly in favour of it.
Into all of this now comes more public attention over the continually-rising levels of bee deaths across Canada. The OBA has started a petition to ban on neonicotinoid pesticides (which are already banned in Europe for a two-year period).
Gerry McKee, the president of the Canadian Honey Council, sent me a link to a CBC report that does a credible job of covering the conflicting views, although it doesn’t explain why the continental border is closed to U.S. imports (the potential for small hive beetle, Africanized honey bees and Oxytet-resistant bees.) It points out that as the years go by the percentage of bee deaths in most provinces has risen.
As soon as I get a copy of the risk assessment I will post it to this space.

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