Brad Wallace February 8, 2015 "Bees Matter" - taking the pesticide lobby to task Brad Wallace February 8, 2015 Really,the precautionary principle should be followed here. The alternative is ugly. In a brilliant marketing move, the farmers and pesticide lobby have named their anti-regulation campaign Bees Matter.I spent a couple days digging into the letter’s “facts.” Most are so delicately cherry-picked they seem purposefully misleading. Others, I’d say, are flat-out wrong.The truth is bees are dying at an alarming rate in Ontario. Last winter, commercial beekeepers lost 58 per cent of their hives. That was the apex of a worrying 12-year trend, during which a third of hives died off on average. Apiarists consider a 15-per-cent loss over winter the norm.