Taking Action on Bee Mortalities
Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Ontario is bringing together a group of experts to provide advice on how to prevent bee mortalities.
The Bee Health Working Group will be comprised of beekeepers, farmers, agri-business representatives, scientists, and staff from both federal and provincial government agencies. Drawing on a broad range of expertise, the working group 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 meet for the first time this month and provide its recommendations by spring 2014.
Supporting the province's agri-businesses while protecting the environment is part of the Ontario government's plan to create a fair and prosperous society.
- Three thousand registered beekeepers manage approximately 100,000 honey bee colonies in Ontario. Honey production contributes $25 million to the province’s economy.
- The Ontario government is also working with the University of Guelph on research projects to support the health of bees and other pollinators.