This documentary video, Neonicotinoids: The New DDT, is the best yet examining the implications of the systemic pesticides, the neonicotinoids.
We may be witness to the most massive poisoning of the earth in human history. The evidence is that the chemical companies knew full well what the downside to these pesticides would be, but chose to use their power, money and influence to hide those facts, and continue to do so. For its part the EPA repeatedly ignored the warnings of its own scientists and risk assesors and approved these chemicals with little regard to the dangers and they also continue to do so. We will all pay a heavy price for these failures, not just the beekeepers.
Here’s an earlier piece, also by Earth Focus.