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Look Who's Behind This Large Study to "Help the Bees"

•, Heather Callaghan
According to the ABC, the study will be conducted in order to find connections between the health of the honeybee population and honeybee pests and diseases.

However, while the study may seem like a positive that could scarcely be argued against, the truth is that the study will be funded in part by Canada's government and also by major international biotech and agricultural companies such as Monsanto, BASF, Bayer, DuPont and several others.

Partial funding for the study comes from Canada's Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (equivalent to the USDA), as the result of a grant which was applied for by the ABC - which represents 60% of Canada's honey crop. The study will collect samples from across the country in all 10 provinces and will allegedly be analysed for "the most common bee pests and diseases. In addition, apiaries will be sampled for high-risk exotic pests."

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