The fate of your food rests with Canada’s native bees

By Marc Fawcett-Atkinson, National Observer Opinion Piece

Jennifer Lipka stops mid-sentence to swing a bug net over a row of late-season flowers blooming at the University of British Columbia’s campus farm. Inside is a native bumblebee.

... While she has always been drawn to bees, Lipka has only recently begun catching them for her research into how native bees are impacted by changes in land use, climate change and pollution. Modern industrial farming practices like pesticides can harm native bees, contributing to their global decline. Lipka is looking at these impacts and how to make farms more friendly to native bees.

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