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Article on bees illustrates the local angle on a national issue

I love how the Flamborough Review takes national stories and puts the local spin on the issue.

Dianne Cornish’s article “Local hives have a healthy buzz” (Aug. 1) was read with a sense of, “Phew, thank goodness it isn’t happening here,” with regard to how local hives have not suffered from catastrophic bee deaths due to pesticide poisoning at corn planting time.

The article mentions how more research needs to be completed in order to be sure of the problems associated with the possible 35 per cent drop in the total number of Ontario honey bees according to the Ontario Honey Council.

Thirty-five per cent is a staggering number! If 35  per cent of Ontario hogs died off, milk production dropped off by 35 per cent or if there were such a drastic decline in the forest industry, it would be an international crisis.

The Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) says that without the pesticides, local farmers could stand to have a reduction of three to 20 bushels per acre.

Does the GFO not realize that without bees to pollinate their crops, the bushel per acre is going to be zero?

Albert Einstein once said: “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination…no more men!”

If Einstein was even close to being accurate, we should be doing everything in our power to protect these bees, regardless of yield and bushels per acre.

I am a little concerned that we may be 35 per cent of the way to “no more men.”

Craig McGeachy
West Flamborough

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