Using bees to apply pesticides? Unfortunately yes.

I had hoped that this article was a spoof when I saw it linked on Google+ this morning, but it’s all too real:

While bees pollinate crops, Canadian researchers have found they can also be used to control pest insects and manage disease by dropping off pest control agents while they work.

“We thought we can give added value to the bees by having them deliver microbial control agents,” said Les Shipp, a federal senior research scientist based in Harrow, Ont., outside Windsor.

Lack of respect for pollinators and what they do for us is what got us into the situation that we face now. “Give added value”? Isn’t being responsible for 1/3 of the food supply enough? I simply can’t believe that this is happening.

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