The Bee Effect: Native Pollinators in Northern Ontario


The Pollinators in Agricultural Symposium, hosted by the Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN), attracted a collection of thirty or so farmers, gardeners and agricultural enthusiasts from around the Algoma District this past weekend. Participants gathered at the Bruce Station Hall in Bruce Mines to attend speakers who addressed all things bees.

“There are other bees besides honey bees. We shouldn’t be building an agricultural system on one species of pollinators. We need to build a system that uses all the pollinators out there. Honey bee populations are under a lot of pressure right now and they are declining. If we’re going to create a food system that is sustainable, safe and dependable we need to not depend on honey bees for pollination.”