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Bales of hay dry in a field on a farm in Ontario on Thursday, September 5, 2013. (JAMES MASTERS/QMI Agency)
If Ontario’s beekeepers are to be believed, the industry is on the verge of collapse, with the average death rate of bees hovering at 35%.
That death rate can’t be sustained, the president of the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association said Tuesday. Dan Davidson warned some of the association’s
250 members might soon be out of business.
The problem is two-fold.
The commercial bee industry in North America has been struggling for some time with a parasitic mite that weakens bees to the point they don’t survive a tough winter.