Falling in Love with the Earth and its Bees

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 3:09:12 AM

The use of a class of insecticides know as neonicotinoids, sprayed on plants and vegetation to prevent infestation, has been identified as the key reason for the dramatic decline of bees in Canada and other parts of the world. Because of the negative economic and ecological impact, people are reconsidering its widespread use, says Dr. Stephen Sharper, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the School of the Environment, University of Toronto.

Scharper says, about 100 percent of corn seeds and 60 percent of soybeans sold in Ontario are treated with neonicotinoids, and compares it to the impact of DDT on the bird population, as outlined in Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring, written decades ago when DDT was considered safe.

Scharper also drew reference from Laudato si', Pope Francis' influential second papal letter to catholic bishops about the need to protect our endangered species.

Read about Professor Scharper's recent talk in The Medium: Falling in Love with the Earth and its Bees