Possible role of pesticides in honey bee deaths reminder of need to consider full impact of decisions

Over the last three years Canada has lost 35% of its honey bee colonies. Other countries are experiencing similar problems.

The losses being experienced by honey bee farmers will not just be felt by honey producers. It's estimated that one-third of all food we eat depends on bees and other pollinators to mature.

In Canada, crops the estimated value of pollination of crops by honey bees is $2 billion a year.

One of the possible causes of honey bee deaths is neonicotinoid pesticides. This resulted in the European Union placing a two-year restriction on their use. Scientists are not unanimous on whether neonicotinoid pesticides are responsible for honey bee deaths, but the debate is a reminder that failing to consider the environmental impact when decisions are made can harm the economy.