Dear Mrs Obama,
I applaud your Get Moving, Get Healthy initiative, but it lacks a certain small something.
Namely, concern for insects, specifically bees.
Without bees the world will be – for all practical purposes – out of food within four years. We are hurtling down that slippery slope now, because of Big Agriculture’s kowtowing to the chemicals corporations.
As surely as nicotine kills and weakens humans, neonicotinoids are killing and weakening bees. The sale of the neonic class of insecticides must cease immediately – no lawsuits allowed. Their makers claimed they were safe for beneficial insects, but more and more proof rolls in that they are nothing of the sort.
Neonic use is the lazy person’s way out, used by those who don’t want to give up their poison pellets or giant machines in favor of cover crops, or integrated pest management, or labor-intensive organic production. Backyard gardeners lay the pesticides down thick, using far more on average than the labels recommend. And research is revealing, anyway, that for the pollinators, there is no safe level of neonicotinoid use.
Are we yet at the point of no return, or is there time to save bees, and, in so doing, save ourselves? Someone with a strong voice and a stronger spine must stand up to Big Chem, Big Pharma, and Big Ag, and say – not just Not In My Backyard – but Not In ANYONE’S Backyard, not in our waterways, not in our bees!