Cold winter blamed for high bee hive losses in Ontario

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Ontario winter losses were 58% compared to Quebec at 40% - more than 3X higher. Quebec's winter was not much different than Ontario. There must be something else that's killing bees. Health Canada has already confirmed the link between corn and soy and bee kills. So why does Ontario stand out? Perhaps it's the fact that Ontario produces the majority of Canada's corn and soy and nearly all corn and most soy seeds were treated with neonicotinoids.

With at times over a 90% mortality rate in Bee colonies during the last decade and virtually no corn or soybean growers, Vancouver Island isen't inclined to give Mother Nature a "free pass" the way some Ontario Apiculturists like Mr. Davidson are wanting to.

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