Bees are necessary for pollination as well as honey and wax production. I didn't know too much about it, wanting to hear from an actual beekeeper rather than some hippie or Natural News who pull "information" out of their butts. Well, here is an Ontario, Canada beekeeper discussing the topic.
The takeaway? Nicotine-based pesticides, and a humbling sight of a man who truly loves his bees and lives with and among them. The bee is sacred, and we are dependent on it. I will do what I can towards saving them; planting organically and writing to government representatives and agricultural companies.