ELMWOOD, ONTARIO - Local beekeepers are finding millions of their bees dead just after corn was planted here in the last few weeks. Dave Schuit, who has a honey operation in Elmwood, lost 600 hives, a total of 37 million bees.
“Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the
millions,” Schuit said. He and many others, including the European
Union, are pointing the finger at a class of insecticides known as
neonicotinoids, manufactured by Bayer CropScience Inc. used in
planting corn and some other crops. The European Union just recently
voted to ban these insecticides for two years, beginning December 1,
2013, to be able to study how it relates to the large bee kill they
are experiencing there also.
Local grower Nathan Carey from the Neustadt, and National
Farmers Union Local 344 member, says he noticed this spring the lack
of bees and bumblebees on his farm. He believes that there is a
strong connection between the insecticide use and the death of
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