Bees Dying off in Wisconsin?

A Wisconsin-based environment group is urging the government to place a ban on certain pesticides, saying that it threatens our whole food supply. The pesticide group, known as Neonicotinoids it definitely harmful to bees, but government agencies are hesitant to point to the pesticides as the sole cause. In reality, the collapse of bee colonies has been going on for many years now, and experts are baffled by the causes, but know very well the implications of bees going extinct.

Bees are of course, extremely important in their pollination of plants and production of honey. Without bees, we wouldn’t have a lot of the products we enjoy in our day-to-day lives like apples, much less flowers in our gardens. Regardless of a ban placed on pesticides, the Wisconsin Farm Bureau is instituting several measures as well as encouraging state residents to keep outside plants to encourage pollination. They plan to mow less of public places as well, to encourage growth of more plants.

It can be easy to lose sight of the bigger picture when it comes to the ban of things like pesticides; who wouldn’t want less chemicals in our food? But while these sort of pesticides discourage bees, they also prevent horrible insects like aphids from getting a foothold on a new crop. If we ban Neonicotinoids we may very well have to go without our wide variety of vegetables and fruits, and who really wants that in the end?