As the bee population is in steep decline with an unsustainable 35% death rate, the buzzing beehives of Ontario's 250 business beekeepers and 3000 hobbyists could be silenced; we cannot wait any longer to take action.
"There are beekeepers that if this goes on another season, they're out of business," said Dan Davidson, Ontario Beekeepers Association President and a beekeeper who lives outside of Watford. "Now, how long does it take for the whole industry to collapse? I don't know, but it's definitely hitting some people really hard."
We encourage you, no matter where you call home, to add your voice. Support Our Communities' efforts to protect the bees and preserve the future of 1/3 of our agricultural system which rely on pollinators.
-Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency conducted its own studies and in 2013 found that "approximately 75% of the dead bee samples had detectable residues of nicotinoid insecticides used to treat corn and soybean seed."
A recent study found that 54% of garden plants sold at retailers contain neonicotinoids without warning labels. These plants are being touted as bee friendly, but this couldn't be farther from the truth. Pesticides are used to coat seeds, 'treat' the soil and spray on plants which contaminates the nectar and pollen bees collect.
After application, neonicotinoids can remain in the soil for months and in some plants up to 6 years. Residual contamination may be absorbed by other plants and runoff goes into our lakes, water systems and wells.
-MNR "Pollinators, such as bees, are in steep decline across the globe and they play a key role in the survival of many of Ontario’s rare plants."
We propose that the City of Kingston enact bylaws to protect pollinators and our environment by banning the sale and use of all pesticides.
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