Bee populations in Ontario and elsewhere in North America continue to be unstable. In the winter of 2014, Ontario beekeepers lost 58 per cent of the province's honeybee population1. After the winter of 2015, 16 per cent of all Canadian bee colonies were lost, 38 per cent in Ontario2.
Also read, Canada scores high in food safety but gets only a "C+" on environmental sustainability in Conference Board's first report card on food performance.
Among the main threats to bees in Canada are habitat loss and degradation, such as the conversion of natural areas to subdivisions and sterile lawns in urban areas and the lack of natural flowering cover on farms and in rural parts of the country.
Honey Nut Cheerios is mounting the Bring Back the Bees program with a goal of planting 35 million wildflowers – one for every Canadian – across the country to help sustain and grow Canada's bee populations. The pollination work bees do is essential to human survival, as one out of three bites of the food we eat depends on it.
Supporting the effort is renowned entomologist Professor Marla Spivak of the University of Minnesota. Her TED Talk "Why bees are disappearing" has more than two million views: https://www.ted.com/talks/marla_spivak_why_bees_are_disappearing
Marla Spivak is available for interviews to speak about:
SOURCE General Mills Canada
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