a soda tax and suddenly you’re knee-deep in clichés about the nanny state, the power of advertising, and the meaning of personal choice.
I’ve found a way to make that discussion interesting again: Replace “people” with “bees.”
Stay with me. There is a robust body of laboratory research showing
that neonicotinoids, a popular class of insecticides that become
integrated into the fibers of corn and other plants, are bad for bees.
Eating neonicotinoid-laced nectar makes bees slow, disoriented, and bad
at finding food. That makes for a tricky situation, since many bees’
entire lives consist of gathering nectar and returning to the nest.