CAPA (the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists) released it’s annual report on Colony losses across Canada for the 2013-14 winter.
3 Numbers are glaring:
- A typical winter results in 15% colony loss is considered ‘acceptable’
- The National Average loss last year was 25%
- Ontario lost 58% of it’s colonies
Beyond the survival of the bees, continuous losses of 50%+ will create an environment where very few people will invest in or nurture bees. The commercial collapse of beekeeping is a potential threat as considerable as the many other factors included in the CAPA report.
There are 3 things you can do to help, regardless of where you live. I list them in order from easiest to lengthiest (step 3, the longest, will take about 10 minutes):
- Read this article in the Toronto Star that summarizes the report and some of the reasons why this is happening. While Ontario had a bad winter, Ontario didn’t have the worst winter in Canada last year.
- Email The Honorable Jeff Leal (Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs) to let him know that you are concerned and ask him to share that concern and treat this issue as important.
- Read the actual report (it’s 4 pages in very plain English)
Please also share your concerns with those around you; without bumblebees we will lose up t0 30% of our food choices.