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Carniolan hybrid honey bee queen

Bee Time: Mark Winston’s book opens our eyes to the plight of the bees.

It has been long overdue, that review of Mark Winston’s book Bee Time. I started in the gloriously long summer before the honey harvest was over and read it while sitting in a beach chair at a remote Okanagan Lake cabin when I could savour the flavour of his writing without distraction. The review stalled during the […]

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More bee death in Ontario blamed on neonicotinoid pesticides

There’s been another rash of bee deaths in Ontario, where commercial beekeepers are on the ropes with losses of upwards of 85 per cent. The presence of neonicotinoid pesticides in dead bees collected from last year’s die-off triggered both a review by Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency and a more recent bee deaths investigation committee […]

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Ontario Beekeepers’ Association calls for ban on neonicotinoid pesticides

Further to my post earlier this week that Canada appears unmoved by the European Commission’s ban on three neonicotinoid pesticides, I received a note from Gerry McKee, the chairman of the Canadian Honey Council drawing attention to the Ontario Beekeepers’  Association’s stance on the issue. The OBA is asking the Ontario government to “reassess the […]

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Honey bee workers and queen from a colony at the USDA's Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Md. Photo - Haraz N. Ghanbari,

Canada won’t adopt EU pesticide ban, new USDA-EPA report out on colony collapse

Canada has no plans right now to follow the European Commission’s decision to ban a class of pesticides it believes is responsible for the deaths of many honey bees. Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency said it already started a comprehensive review of three pesticides in the neonicotinoid class following last year’s accidental poisonings of […]

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Honey bee on Oregano flower. Jeff Lee photo

European Union bans three neonicotinoid pesticides blamed for bee deaths

Beekeepers and scientists in Canada and the United States are closely watching the European Union’s decision Monday to temporarily ban the use of three neonicotinoid pesticides being blamed for a decline in bee populations. On Monday 15 of 27 member states in the EU voted for a two-year restriction on the sale and use of […]

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Crop spraying. Photo credit: The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

Ban bee-killing pesticides, British government committee says

There’s a growing call in the United Kingdom for political leaders to ban neonicotinoid-based pesticides that are being blamed for killing bees. Meanwhile, in Canada, we’re continuing to study just how bad it can get. This week the all-party Environmental Audit Committee of the British Parliament came out swinging, making bee deaths as a result […]

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One of Ash Apiaries' over-wintered bee yards in British Columbia. The Manitoba beekeper says it lost half of its 2,500 B.C. hives last winter. Jeff Lee photo.

Canada, worried about bee poisonings, issues new pesticide use rules.

Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency has quietly issued new rules for the use of neonicotinoid insecticides blamed for an unusual die-off of bees in Ontario in 2012. The consumer product safety bulletin, issued Feb. 4 on Health Canada’s site but apparently nowhere else, advises farmers and users of seeds coated with neonicotinoids to use more caution, […]

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A group of treated and control tagged honeybees at release time. Photo © Science/AAAS

Two new studies link systemic insecticides to declining bee health

Two scientific studies of the effect of neonicotinoid insecticides on honey bees and native bumblebees are adding more weight to the belief that these systemic chemicals are greatly responsible for the decline in worldwide bee health. Beekeepers who are already tuned in to the understanding that pesticide residues found in wax foundation affect hive health […]

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