Addiction starts with that feel good chemical, Dopamine, that gets released in the brain every with every roller coaster, sip of alcohol or whatever it may be. The one thing that differentiates us from other species is the choice to consume these feel good substances.

Bees can’t choose but exposure affects them just the same. Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticide that mimics the structure and effect of nicotine. This is one of the most commonly used pesticides in the world and one of the major killers of the bees. When a bee gets contaminated with a neonic it messes up their neurotransmitters causing their senses to go haywire.

As a result, they cannot find their way back to the hive, and tend to return to the plants that give them the rush in the first place. They do this until they eventually die.

We rely on the bees to pollinate most of our food, so if we don't address this problem before we lose all our bees we could lose all of our food. I’m calling on Governor Brad Little to ban the commonly used type of pesticides, neonics, before we lose our bees and food.

Avery Moers, 

Boise