Millions of honeybees are dead in a new colony collapse disorder crisis being reported from Ontario, Canada. And that’s on a single farm in Elmwood, Canada.
Depending on the reports you read, 30 million, 37 million, or even 40 million honeybees may already be dead — a reflection of the expanding numbers as the crisis continues.
According to MSN Living, Elmwood beekeeper Dave Schuit has lost at least 600 hives representing 37 million honeybees — and he’s pointing the finger squarely at neonicotinoid pesticides. It’s a logical argument. The pesticides are popular for a reason: They’re an efficient way to kill insects. Unfortunately, they can’t discriminate between beneficial insects like bees and harmful pests like aphids.
The debate is already over in the European Union, which recently banned a large number of pesticides including neonicotinoids. However, they are still used in both the United States and Canada.
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Another tragic loss — 37 million honeybees found dead in Canada
Below is a list of worldwide mass animal deaths for 2013, with pages also for mass die offs in 2012 and 2011.