“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.”
– Albert Einstein
‘One of the biggest factors affecting bees are the pesticides we use on crops and the environment in general. Ones that represent a greater threat are neonicotinoids, a dangerous and powerful class of pesticides that tons of U.S. farmers use on their crops. Though they were originally introduced as a less harmful pesticide alternative for bees in the 1990s, these have been directly associated with killing bees and are largely responsible for their recent population decline.
Thankfully, some places are being proactive in placing bans on this class of pesticides. Maryland is actually set to be the first state in the U.S. to ban neonicotinoids for consumer usage. However, it’s important to note that other pesticides affect bees too, and we will have to do much more than simply banning this class to fully give the environment the respect it deserves in order to restore the health of this planet.’