Human beings and bees have a very long and complicated relationship. Humans often dislike bees because they consider them a pest. In all reality, human beings couldn’t exist without the help of bees. Bees are the reason that we have the wide variety of fruits and vegetables that we do. They are excellent pollinators, and are primarily responsible for keeping many different plant species alive.
In short, without bees and we wouldn’t be able to eat properly. The problem is, bees sting. Human beings have learned to have a natural and healthy fear of bee populations. Unfortunately, this has also led them to be fearful enough to kill off large populations of bees. This is incredibly detrimental to the health of the environment, and it’s important that we learn of better ways to remove them. These are only pests when they heavily invade populated areas. Any passionate gardener will tell you that seeing a bee amongst their flowers is a good thing.
The number of domesticated bees in Canada and U.S. has been decreasing at an alarming rate. Untouched food stores and unborn larvae found in the abandoned hives indicate that bees are either forgetting the entrance to the hive or disappearing completely off the face of the earth.
According to the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA), Manitoba lost almost half (46 percent) of its honeybee colonies in 2013, followed by Ontario with 40 percent and New Brunswick with 37 percent – losses double or almost triple compared to the previous year. Either due to the pesticides, the Varroa mite, fungus, malnutrition, weather, beekeeping practices, pathogens, or immunodeficiencies, Canada is at risk of losing $2 billion worth of crops, which rely on bees for pollination.
If until now there was an ongoing debate surrounding the causes of this epidemic, a new report published last month by Friends of the Earth Canada confirms what some scientists have been trying to prove for years: that pesticides are directly linked to bees’ eradication.