organic pesticides kill bees

Pesticides. It’s just one of those words that make you cringe. We’ve been wary of them for years, and recent pollinator declines aren’t making us feel any more approving. What many consumers and policy-makers fail to realize, though, is that organic alternatives might not be much better.  Until recently, organic-approved pesticides haven’t really been a cause for concern….

honeybee pollination

Pollinators are important for the production of ~75% of the world’s leading crops, but honeybees are not the only insects responsible for providing these services. The vanilla orchid, for example, can only be pollinated by a specific type of solitary bee, while Theobroma cacoa – the source of chocolate – is only pollinated by a tiny fly….