Beekeepers Say Working Group Report Wrong

The Ontario Beekeepers Association had representation on the provincial Bee Health Working Group.

But the OBA says it can’t endorse the group’s final, full report at this time.

The report suggested Best Management Practices as the primary strategy to protect bees.

The Association says that incorrectly assumes neo-nics could be safe for bees if applied properly at planting time.

OBA President Dan Davidson argues the spread of dust from planters is just one way those pesticides are devastating bee populations.

Davidson says the working group’s final report does not reflect the magnitude of the threat to bee health in Ontario.

The Ontario Beekeepers Association says until the province suspends the use of neonicotinoids on field crops any voluntary options around best practices will be ineffective.