Concerning this comment, The Canadian Honey Council has a new sponsor being Bayer Crop Science as of last year. I wouldn't expect a different response from Heather.For canola, the seed treatments, when applied according to label specifications do not appear to be an issue" - Heather Clay
44% losses seems that canola could be a problem. There's a lot of canola grown in Alberta.
This is a interesting hypothesisThese chemicals are often present at very low levels - under four parts per billion. To demonstrate what a small amount of chemical that is Dr. Frazier explained it would take a billion sheets of toilet paper to stretch from New York to London - the analogy being that honey bees have the ability to detect/be effected by only one square of that roll. By feeding these miniscule amounts of chemicals found in beehives to bee larva and adult bees in the lab, Dr. Frazier and his collegues are finding that these chemicals do effect a honey bees health and development.
I would think that the way the chemical companies test for approval is out dated. Do the safety regulations take into account the differences in how these new chemicals act and interact over extented periods? Are they killing us softly?Allen said "Monoculture is starving our bees."
And maybe fungicides are too.