Huge Threat on an Important Species

by Audrey R. on September 5, 2017 - 9:35pm

(Photo by Kees Smans / Getty Images.) Agricultural areas are still using neonicotinoid pesticides on farms, according to an article posted June 29, 2017 to pbs.org by Roni Dengler. These pesticides, as proven by major studies, have very negative consequences on bees. Not only are they killing a large number of these important insects, they are also damaging their reproduction. The studies showed that rather than exterminating all bees at once, it is happening gradually. Though it is not the only pesticide used, the biggest threat to them is neonicotinoid, a chemical used on many farms in agricultural areas. The queens are especially victims of this mass murder, which is bad for the rest of the colony whom these queens should be sustaining. This decline in bee populations directly affects us because bees are the reason so many of the food products we regularly consume can end up at our tables.  

To make sure a source you are reading from is reliable, you must do some research. First, it is important to check the website and judge whether or not it can be trusted. Usually, the more well-known it is, the more accurate the information will be. Next, you should always do some background search on the author. What kind of education do they have? What type of articles do they write? Most of the time, once these two factors are confirmed to be reliable, you know you have a good source. But it is still important to always question in every aspect what you are reading. 

I think the source of the article summarized above is reliable, mostly because it was posted to a very trustable website. It is also backed up by studies from another well-known website. I also think that the author, Roni Dengler, has a lot of credibility because she has a doctorate from the University of Colorado in molecular, cellular and developmental biology, which means she knows what she is talking about when it comes to this type of science.  

 

Comments

Your summary was really interesting because it brings up a crucial issue in our contemporary world of which many, including myself, are not aware. In order to strengthen and to emphasize your summary, I recommend you look at the article published on CBC news regarding the extinction of bees due to pesticides and focusses mainly on the queen bees. “Queen bees less likely to lay eggs, start colony after insecticide exposure” ( http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/queen-bumblebees-eggs-c... ), talks about the insecticide called thiamethoxam which in the same family as the one you talk in your piece, the neonicotinoid family. It also explains that due to the growing exposure to insecticides, queen bumblebees do not have a tendency to “lay eggs or start colonies.” I think that this article would add credibility and create a bigger impact on your readers since it states many outrageous numbers such as, “Queen bees exposed to thiamethoxam for two weeks were 26 per cent less likely to lay eggs.” This article is reliable since it was published by CBC, the national news broadcaster which promotes accuracy and integrity. In addition, Nigel Raine, an expert in the pollination field, Dr. Gemma Baron, researcher at Royal Holloway, and Vincent Jansen a professor at the University of London were cited throughout the article. All in all, the reliability is significative.

I really like your article because of the importance of “this mass murder” like you're calling it and everyone does not know about it, unfortunately. It affects everything around us and if we do not pay close attention to this issue we may have to face biggest problems. I think this article* would be of most interest to embellish your summary. It talks about what insects concretely bring to us and how their disappearance is important and alarming. It could bring you a more overall view of this issue and an understanding how insects are essential to the Earth. Not only bees are important and helpful to understand and improve our world, scorpion, ant and even cockroach help us in different domains. This information can clarify your point on why bees are so important, like other species, for producing our food. This source is reliable because it comes from National Geographic who is an international information provider and is a credible source according to Media Bias/Fact Check**.

*http://www.nationalgeographic.fr/animaux/2017/08/les-insectes-indispensa...
**https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/national-geographic/

About the author

My name is Audrey Rheaume, and I'm a first year student at Champlain College Saint-Lambert. My main area of focus for my writing is animal welfare, as it is an issue that is very important to me.