Today’s NYT: “Mystery Malady Kills More Bees." Had to write this letter to the editor!
Regarding: “Mystery Malady Kills More Bees, Heightening Worry on Farms,” I’m afraid that there isn’t much mystery in this “mystery.” Broad spectrum pesticides, whether synthetic or organic, take their toll not only on European honey bees, but on countless other beneficial insects, including 4,000 species of native bees in the U.S. It doesn’t stop there, as insects are just part of an overall food web, a complex system of living things eating other living things. Approximately 96% of terrestrial birds feed insects to their young. The simple act of applying an herbicide to kill lawn weeds also poisons insects which birds then feed to their young, endangering the health and survival of those chicks and any higher level predators which subsequently eat them. The food web becomes a poisoned web. Rachel Carson warned us about pesticides 50 years ago in Silent Spring. We need to start listening.