Honey production from Canadian bees jumps to 9-year high

Upbeat headline regarding the rising number of beehives and increased honey production last year (2015) in Canada:

The Canadian beekeeping industry is buzzing over new numbers that show honey production is up to its highest level in nine years.  

New figures from Statistics Canada show beekeepers produced 95.3 million pounds of honey in 2015, an increase of 11.4 per cent from the previous year.

However, the article later states that the reason for the increase in bee population is “largely due to milder temperatures last winter that reduced losses, mainly in the Prairies.” The factors decimating “wild bee” populations in Canada (and around the world) including overuse of neonicotinoids, CCD and varroa mites continue to be unresolved.

Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/honey-bees-canada-1.3358982