Bad-boy journalist James Delingpole has said of Rachel Carson, celebrated author of Silent Spring (1962), that her campaign to ban the anti-mosquito pesticide DDT makes her directly responsible for the millions of malarial deaths that have occurred ever since. Yesterday a Friends of the Earth poll revealed that nine in ten Canadians believe neonicotinoids (pesticides) are killing honey bees and should be banned. In the save-the-bees press, however, nothing is said about the centrality of neonicotinoids to global food production. Delingpole is onto something. We love to see the little darlings buzzing about. But we've lost the habit of correlating our welfare and theirs.