Bees, pesticides, and “toxic taters”

News out of Canada, a handful beekeepers are attempting to sue pesticide companies for the untimely demise of their bee populations. According to National Post the targets of the suit are agricultural technology companies Bayer and Syngenta for $400-million in damages in which the claim is that the pesticides those companies produced negatively impacted beekeeper populations.

As the report points out, the evidence is not on the beekeeper’s side. It was originally thought to have been pesticides but it has also been determined to be a colony collapse disorder resulting from a viral pathogen that infects the bees via contact with plants. Overall, bees aren’t being exposed to insecticides and pesticides en masse. Therefore, the answer is a lot more complicated than laying blame on chemical bug killers.

The venom against pesticides still knows no bounds by mean greenies since any chemical used to defend farmer plant life (including crop cultivation) is deemed harmful to the environment. In Manitoba, some college students areplanning a peaceful protest against Toxic Taters at a local McDonalds to decry the company’s buying potatoes grown with pesticides. The groups state the pesticides and fungicides used drift into local Indian communities that pose a danger to the populations there and elsewhere that they are used.

The usage of pesticides is a necessary component of food and crop cultivation and the accusations leveled against them be they by trial lawyers or environmentalists are not as clear cut as they are made out to be. No company will knowingly make a chemical agent that is harmful to the population in the context of attempting to defend farms that grow produce for human consumption. Older pesticides can be and are dangerous to humans as evidenced by a recent cancer outbreak associated with older, outdated pesticides in the Sudan.

Damage can be undone from a lawsuit, but the damage and cost to human lives cannot if people cannot use technologies and innovations to help preserve and enhance human survival. In this case it is pesticide usage to defend produce against insects. In short, Rachel Carson was wrong about DDT and environmentalists are wrong about pesticides (among other things). However, gang green could care less about being wrong since for them it is all about the cause to put mankind down and keep us down.