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CropLife Canada

CropLife Canada represents the manufacturers, developers, and distributors of plant science innovations – pest control products and plant biotechnology – for use in agriculture, urban, and public health settings. CropLife Canada supports innovative and sustainable agriculture in Canada, in cooperation with others, by building trust and appreciation for plant science innovations.

Crop Protection Facts

There are over 2 million farms in America, and individuals and family businesses operate 99% of them.

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Protecting Our Pollinators

Pollinators are a vital part of U.S. agriculture, and it is estimated that they directly impact 35% of the world's agriculture. Bees are responsible for more than just honey; the list of crops that bees help grow is extensive, and; includes grapes, strawberries, avocados, and cucumbers.

Background

Pollinators are essential to agriculture and protecting pollinators is one of our industry’s top concerns. Bees, birds, butterflies and other beneficial insects pollinate more than 75 percent of the country’s flowering plants. Approximately one-third of the crops used to produce foods and beverages are dependent on pollinators, representing nearly $20 billion on crop value annually in the U.S. Many of the products our industry makes contribute to enhancing bee health, such as mite-fighting pesticides, drought mitigation technology to increase food for pollinators, and products that support increased bee forage. We work hard every day to improve pollinator health.

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CropLife America's Position

  • There is a difference between natural bee loss and the condition referred to as "Colony Collapse Disorder." CCD is a clearly defined syndrome with specific symptoms, and scientists cannot attribute these losses to any singular cause.
  • The Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and USDA-ARS Beltsville Honey Bee Lab surveyed beekeepers nationwide for colony loss data, and responding beekeepers attributed their losses to starvation (32%), weather (29%), weak colonies in the fall (14%), Mites (12%), and poor queens (10%). Only 5% of beekeepers attributed CCD as the major cause for their losses.
  • Many of the recent studies which attempt to link neonicotinoids pesticides to CCD fail to recreate practical in-field solutions of pollinator exposure to pesticides or pollinator behavior, and ignore the many possible threats that bees face. Scientific literature examining the potential causes of CCD is incredibly varied and will need additional research.
  • When used properly and according to label, there has been no demonstrated, extraordinary negative effect on bee health associated with use of neonicotinoid-based insecticides. The allegations of these new studies of widespread harm to pollinators contradict nearly two decades of responsible use of these important pesticides on many millions of crop acres worldwide. In fact, some pesticides are used to protect bees from mites that can infest hives.
  • When used improperly, pesticides can be harmful to bees. As such, farmers and ranchers are trained to apply crop protection products strictly according to the label directions. The labels are created under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), which carefully evaluates any potential environmental and health hazards.
     

Downloadable Resource: CropLife International Literature Review on Global Bee Health (PDF)

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