While some may be totally unaware of the studies in bee health, the topic has become subject of more and more media attention within the last year. The focus is rightly attributed, as bees are a critical part of the ecosystem and have been vanishing over the last half-decade.
There aren’t many who are more concerned about the issue as the manufacturers of pest control products, who are highly dependent upon bees to pollinate crops that their products protect. To put it bluntly, the pest control industry truly needs bees as much as the industry of flora and fauna growth itselves.
Many groups are now growing heavily concerned over the deaths of bees left and right, and the pesticide industry is losing opportunity to have another reason to show it is not a harbinger of death for insects universally. Instead the opportunity has a chance to show it is simply a protector of positive growth of life. And with the dropping off of bees, the industry has to find a way to make a meaningful contribution to fixing the problem.
International researchers are now agreeing the health of bees is being impacted many factors. Varroa mites are the number one problem. Western Canada has more than 20 million acres of canola, and the majority of which have been treated with a compound called neonicotinoid. When used, bee health remains strong in the bees.
Around the rest of the world, there are regions which have no neonicotinoids, and are experiencing large losses to the thriving bee populations.
The Sierra Club, among others, have been attempting to ban neonicotinoids saying that it is at fault for the bee population decline, which is denied by the industry. There have been isolated incidents of mortalities from use, but overall in Canada, the population has risen and with use of the compound.
A study from the University of Guelph showed that infestations of wireworms and European chafer grubs in corn were the cause of loss, and was directly related to the lack of use of neonicotinoids.
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