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Day Marks Importance of Honey Bee to B.C. Agriculture

31 May 2012

CANADA - It has been estimated that up to one-third of the food we eat is the result of and dependent on pollination by honey bees.

The Day of the Honey Bee was held this week in recognition of the critical importance of honey bees to the province’s agriculture sector and, by extension to British Columbians’ (B.C.) health and well-being.

Honey bees are responsible for about 70 per cent of food crop pollination.

Through their role as pollinators, honey bees have played an important role in B.C. agriculture since they were introduced to the Americas by European settlers hundreds of years ago.

Today, honey bee colonies remain critical to the production of many crops British Columbians rely on, from tree fruits and berries to forage crops and canola.

Ministry of Agriculture staff work closely with B.C.’s beekeepers to improve disease prevention and control through field inspections and extension services.

Honey bees are an important keystone species and as such, they are the very cornerstone to the sustainability of our agriculture and health of our environment.

Minister of Agriculture Don McRae said: “We celebrate B.C. beekeepers' efforts to protect their colonies from environmental conditions and diseases that can affect honey bees. British Columbians can help improve local bee habitat by planting bee-friendly plants that support many different bee populations.”

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