The Honeybee Genocide

1. Article MLA Citation

Walia, Arjun. "New Harvard Study Proves Why The Bees Are All Disappearing." CollectiveEvolution RSS. N.p., 15 May 2014. Web. 16 Feb. 2015.


2.  Summary Paragraph (Be sure to indicate whether this is a news event or if it is an editorial / opinion piece.)

The article was an informational piece. There has been a massive, unexpected genocide of honeybees in the past decade. This phenomenon, known as CCD, or colony collapse disorder, has been caused by the insecticide neonicotinoid. Neonicotinoids persist in fatally high levels in planter exhaust material produced during the planting of crops treated with these insecticides. These toxic chemicals, instead of naturally biodegrading as its producers claim, are found even in soil and fields not sprayed with neonicotinoids. In the United States, the honeybee population has been decimated by 30%, harming the hundred most crucial United States crops that rely on honeybees to pollinate them.


3.  What ethical issue does the article raise? What makes the event / action just or unjust?

Decisions regarding the honeybee population will impact multitudes of stakeholders, especially present and future generations and the environment as a whole. Without honeybees, the producers of a majority of ecosystems will die off without their main pollinators, collapsing the whole ecosystem. The ethical principle of responsibility is relevant because it is humans' fault that our greed for increased product is harming a crucial part of our world. The use of neonicotinoids is completely unjust because it harms everyone involved.


4. Discuss your position, and pose a question for reflection and discussion.

I believe that neonicotinoids should be banned because, clearly, the way we are currently doing things cannot be sustained. We should prioritize sustainability and the earth over money and the economy. I think it is so ironic that an action supposed to help maximize growth of crops is actually harming them.


Question:

Are insecticides more beneficial or detrimental as a whole?