Environmentalists have spent tens of millions of dollars to raise hundreds of millions of dollars convincing people that bees are in decline and that if you don't pay them to stop science, our food ecosystem will collapse.

It's all nonsense, of course. Bees aren't in decline. They do have blips where some mass die-offs occur, but those have been recorded for as long as bee hive numbers have been recorded, over 1,000 years of mass die-offs.

The top three risks for mass bee deaths are varroa mites, varroa mites, and varroa mites. Number four is travel, since the largest impact of bees on our food system is not natural pollination, but pollination on demand. Like almonds in California. Or apples in Alaska.

That's right, apples in Alaska.

That's how Delta Airlines managed to kill more bees in one day than neonicotinoid pesticides have ever. About 5,000,000 more, since unless bees fall into a vat of neonics they can't die from it.

The bees were on their way to Alaska to do some on-demand pollination when Delta airlines sent them to Atlanta. They died in the heat. Other ways bees die is in truck accidents. Mostly they die because nature is out to kill everything. What they do not die from is seed treatments that are used to protect crops from predators when they are most vulnerable. Seed treatments mean less mass spraying, which is better for everything and everyone.

So where is science like neonics on the list of bee killers? Tied for last place, with the COVID-19 vaccines and Bee Gees greatest hits CDs. Zero.