Beekeeper groups don’t support Ontario beekeepers on pesticide lawsuit
ALBERTA — Ontario beekeepers are getting flack from their own because of their lawsuit against two pesticide companies.
One of Canada’s national beekeeper organizations, representing 7,000 apiculturists across Canada, says there are better ways than a lawsuit to solve the problem of pesticide-treated soybean and corn seeds killing honeybees.
Canadian Honey Council chair Gerry McKee said that "accusations of blame" do not welcome innovative solutions and the council’s position is that beekeepers need to work with others to ensure optimum bee health.
"The Canadian Honey Council views pesticide exposure, both internally and externally as an extremely important bee health issue," said McKee by email. "By working co-operatively with governments, agricultural producers, agri-chemical companies, equipment manufactures and beekeepers, significant improvements have been made that have mitigated exposure risks to honeybees.
"Accusations of blame do not provide an environment that welcomes new and innovative solutions and as such we will continue to work together with all parties to ensure optimum bee health, and at the same time, uphold our responsibility to beekeepers all across Canada to represent their interest in a respectful manner."