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Honeybees are essential to crop production

(NC) Take a look at these five fascinating facts about Canada's robust honeybee industry:

Fact #1: As pollinators, bees are vital to our food chain. Honeybees are responsible for pollinating a third of the food we eat.

Fact #2: Bee colonies in Canada have increased by 24 per cent since 2008. In 2013, we had 8,483 beekeepers and 672,094 colonies. Over 75 of those colonies reside in Western Canada.

Fact #3: Bees are vitally important to the sustainability of our agriculture by contributing nearly $2 billion to crop pollination in this country alone.

Fact #4: More than half the bee colonies in Canada (~300,000) contribute annually to the pollination of canola.

Fact #5: Approximately 80,000 colonies provide pollination services to the Canadian hybrid seed canola industry; 35,000 colonies are used to pollinate blueberries; and 15,000 colonies are used to pollinate apples.

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