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The New York Times recently highlighted research that demonstrated that low levels of pesticides impedes bee brain function making it difficult for them to find their way home. Such changes lead to increased bee mortality. Other research demonstrates that low levels of pesticides lead to lower food production by bumblebees.
The problem as I see it is that we have divorced the production of food from ethics. In many cases, the means of production are out of the hands of individual farmers. As highlighted in the film, King Corn, most farmers are heavily reliant on the seed, fertilizer, and pesticide companies in a compex economic system that takes control of agriculture away from farmers and places it in the hands of large agribusinesses. Because of this, the farmer, who may be concerned about the bee and the monarch is unable to change practices that damage these insects.