Millions of bees are dying off, with alarming consequences for our food supply. We rely on bees to pollinate 71 of the 100 crops that provide 90 percent of the world’s food. Imagine no almonds, less coffee, no chocolate, fewer apples and strawberries, less alfalfa to feed dairy cows, and the list goes on.
Scientists point to pesticides as one of the factors causing the die-off, in particular a class of bee-killing insecticides known as neonicotinoids (or neonics). In the U.S. alone, more than 46 million pounds of these chemicals are used in our homes, gardens, and parks every year.