Dave Muller: Don’t rush to ban pesticides

08/06/2014 1:50 PM

08/06/2014 10:38 PM

Re “Finding culprit in bee deaths is crucial” (Opinions, July 28): Your editorial is disturbing. It presumes insecticides are the culprit, only confirmation is required. Hot-button terms “DDT and organophosphates” from France are used to override a more subdued response from the University of California, Davis. Two points:

• Our bees (400-plus hives) come from Montana. They are acclimated in Santa Maria, then leave our orchards for Yakima apples. Our beekeepers tell us the hives are stronger when they leave than when they get here, so they keep coming back.
• Recall the spotted owl. Accepted wisdom required that we cripple the lumber industry to save the bird, only to find that it was a rowdy relative owl species that was the culprit.

We know we need bees. We don’t need a rush to judgment.

Dave Muller, Denair

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