Mark Cocker

Buzzing bees and chocolate trees

Two fascinating books warn how pesticides are fast destroying the planet’s most precious natural resource — flying insects

It is estimated that the world’s insects perform an annual pollination service for all humankind worth $215 billion. In return, every year, we run up a pesticide bill of about $40 billion to exterminate them (this doesn’t include the $10 billion costs in social and environmental damage wrought by the same chemicals).

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