|Bee at our flowering almond|
Bees are active in our garden.
Great concern has been expressed about the decline of bees due to the use of insecticides and to some extent, climate change.
But in a 2015 article in the Globe & Mail, Margaret Wente says things are not that bad.
"I have great news for honey lovers everywhere. The Canadian honeybee industry is thriving. Despite those headlines about mass die-offs and and killer pesticides, the number of honeybee colonies is at a record high. Last year, according to Statistics Canada, nearly 700,000 honeybee colonies produced $200-million worth of honey. Bee survival rates have rebounded even in Ontario, which was hard hit by unusually high winter die-offs."
Let's hope she's right. Because scientists say that if the bees disappear, so do we. We rely that heavily on bees to pollinate crops for our food.