Back in 2007, about three different servers ago when this blog was with World, I wrote a post entitled The Rapture of the Bees. Honeybees were disappearing, which is a major concern, since they are so important in the pollination of crops. Since then, I’ve read several pieces that purportedly solved the mystery of why that’s happening, but I guess there is still controversy over the causes, and the problem remains. Thanks to Pete Muller, who sent me an account of a “Bee Summit” sponsored by pesticide-maker Monsanto.
Some are blaming pesticides for the die-off of bees, while others are blaming a kind of mite that preys on bees and that presumably could be controlled by. . . pesticides. Anyone want to guess what the diagnosis will be from the Monsanto summit? Or from environmentalists? Notice how science, though supposedly objective, is not free from conclusion-shaping presuppositions. [Read more...]