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I was surprised at the lame conclusions of this article. It makes massive honey bee loss sound like: 1) it's only a problem for honey eaters, who now all eat junk food instead so its not really a problem and 2) no one really knows what causes hive collapse (do you really mean to parrot chemical industry lies?) First of all, honey bees are the primary pollinators for most of our food crops. If you eat anything, you are dependent on pollinators. No pollinators, no food, mass starvation, no kidding. Second, Bayer makes the chemicals that studies have shown are the primary culprits in hive collapse. see www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2012/03/bayer-pesticide-bees-studies. There are grassroots efforts to get them banned. Why aren't you supporting those efforts? Bees and everyone who eats need a good lawyer too. I joined NRDC back when court actions were the only thing in the way of the complete collapse of all our environmental progress. What happened to your no nonsense toughness?
Thanks for your comment, and your passion on the subject. Certainly I'm aware of the larger concerns about bees and our food supply. OnEarth was the first national magazine to cover colony collapse disorder (before it even had a name) and its potential devastation to agriculture. I linked to that story and several of our followups above. But with respect, I'd suggest that not every blog post needs to be an outraged screed or call to action (and indeed, OnEarth, although published by NRDC, is an outlet for journalism, not direct advocacy). NRDC is indeed taking legal action against pesticide companies on behalf of bees. Here's just one example: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/jmogerman/big_win_for_bees_judge_pulls_b.html Scientists are not as certain of the origins of CCD as you suggest, although pesticides most certainly play a role. My point was not to cover all of this in a short blog post (that's what links are for), but to comment on what I found to be a fascinating bit of human anthropology and the irony that we've become so disconnected from nature that we could be destroying one of the things that helped make us human in the first place. Thanks for reading, and I hope you'll keep commenting. We appreciate the discussion.