Bees Matter is a partnership of agricultural organizations with a vested interest in pollinator health. The mission of the group is to provide a platform for conversation, dialogue and information sharing regarding modern agriculture and the importance of ensuring a healthy environment for honey bees, which play an important role in Canadian food production and agriculture.

Honey bee population patterns

You may have heard about the challenges that honey bees and beekeepers face in Canada. Of course, we are all concerned about reports that suggest the health of honey bees might be in danger. Luckily, despite hives facing some challenges, Statistics Canada data shows that honey bee populations in Canada are actually at an all-time high.

As for the challenges honey bees face, The Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA) report there’s no one single cause of honey bee health issues, but suggest colony failures can be caused by a number of factors including: starvation, weak honey bee queens, pesticides, diseases and pests.

Pollinators like honey bees play a vital role in agricultural success in Canada—they are responsible for one in every three bites of food we eat and $2 billion of Canadian agriculture. Luckily, today there are over 8,500 beekeepers in Canada keeping more than 700,000 hives. We need to celebrate that honey bees are thriving, but also pay close attention to the issues they face to ensure they continue to thrive in the future.

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