Pesticides may be at root of bee deaths
The Thunder Bay Beekeepers Association is concerned about the use of neonicotinoids in agriculture, and has launched a public awareness campaign aimed at banning their use.
The local and Ontario Beekeepers Associations want the federal government to take action on the use of synthetic insecticides, which many farmers believe is linked to the loss of a large number of bee colonies in Ontario.
The issue came to light this spring during the planting of corn treated with neonicotinoids. There were about 200 incidents of what was likely acute poisoning of honey bees in southern Ontario.
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