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Pesticide manufacturers' own tests reveal serious harm to honeybees, and Bayer and Syngenta are being criticized for secrecy. Should companies face more regulation?

Pesticide manufacturers' own tests reveal serious harm to honeybees, and Bayer and Syngenta are being criticized for secrecy. Should companies face more regulation?
  • Yes, companies should face more regulation if they cannot police themselves effectively.

    Many companies place too much emphasis on profit at the expense of the effect their products have on the natural world. They try to hide the truth in order to avoid picking up the cost of putting things right. Increased regulation should hopefully make them take appropriate action sooner rather than later, especially if they know they will be found out if they step out of line.

  • Companies need to own their corporate social responsibility.

    The environment is too important and has been negatively affected by these companies for too long; it's time they were held accountable for the damage they're causing. Bees are an extremely important part of the ecosystem, and if they're destroyed due to these companies' negligence, the whole world will suffer.

  • Yes, some companies should face more regulations.

    Regulations are tricky when it comes to businesses. We do not want to discourage companies from growing and creating jobs. However, we want to keep society safe from harm too. Therefore, the right balance between regulations and business practices must be struck. When a company is found to be causing harm to others, that company should face more regulations.

  • Companies should face more regulation

    Companies should face more regulation. Left to their own devices, companies have shown repeatedly that they will put profits above doing what's right. This includes polluting the environment and hiding adverse results from studies. In the 1980s onward, there was a push towards deregulation. That pendulum is swinging back, but it still has a long way to go.

  • Without honeybees we'd have no plants to protect with pesticide

    Honeybees are vital to our fragile ecosystem- they are the reason that we have plants and growth and life. In recent years, they have suffered a drop in numbers, which is extremely worrying. By killing honeybees, we damage our environment: plants are so important to our surroundings, taking in CO2 and giving out oxygen. We kill bees, we kill plants, we kill the human race. (Yes, it might seem a jump, but if all honeybees were eradicated then we'd be in trouble.) Companies should face extremely hard penalties, not only for killing bees, but for keeping this terrible thing a secret.

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