It’s as simple as the life-cycle lessons taught in elementary schools: The plants grow flowers; the bees, the butterflies and other creatures pollinate the plants.
Fruit is produced, feeding other creatures, and the cycle goes on.
Take the bees out of the mix, and it doesn’t take a scientist to figure out there’s a problem.
Out of the hive and into a courtroom comes an environmental crisis that dares to shake the fragile ecosystem and, some say, ultimately jeopardize the food supply.
This week, Canadian beekeepers launched a $450-million class-action lawsuit against seed/insecticide companies Bayer and Syngenta. With London law firm Siskinds LLP leading the charge, the apiarists allege that neonicotinoids, a family of pesticides applied as a coating on corn and soybean seeds and now banned by the European Union, is killing bees at an alarming rate...