I always wondered about this. I mean pesticides aimed at bugs kill bugs. There is probably some fine tuning one can do to limit collateral damage, but if you spray for insects, you will probably kill insects. Farmers spreading tons of insecticides are killing off the bees that they need to pollinate their crops. Then they blame it on Australian disease or ticks that have now become resistant to the pesticides that are supposed to kill them. It is all too ironic.
The answer is to farm with nature rather than against it. It may take time and effort, and much economic discomfort to the agrichemical industry, but it's possible.
04/19/2009 - Honeybee shortage worries Japanese farmers - STLtoday.com