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To bee or not to bee

Thursday July 24, 2014

By Anne Bell, Ontario Nature, Toronto
Maclean's Letter to the Editor

Maclean's dismisses calls for a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides as "mindless sloganeering" by "impatient" and "emotional" environmental groups (The Editorial, July 14). Similar critiques were directed at Rachel Carson when she sounded the alarm about DDT in the 1960s. Science proved her right in the end. Now, an international team of 29 independent scientists has released an analysis of more than 800 peer-reviewed studies detailing the widespread and devastating environmental impacts of neonicotinoids. Looks like the emotional environmentalists have science on their side again.

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