Several recent studies point to a disturbing relationship between bees, which are essential for the health of the planet, and a particular class of pesticide known as nicotinoids.
Nicotine, the compound we all know and fear, is a natural substance. Plants produce it because it keeps bugs away. Hence the development of neonicotinoids, synthetic pesticides that are chemically very similar to nicotine. But a few recent studies further our understanding of just how dangerous they can be.