ACTION: Tell the US EPA to ban bee-killing pesticides immediately

Around the world, countless millions of bees are dying, in danger of extinction and threatening disaster for farmers and the global food supply.

From Credo:

According to two stunning new reports, the collapse of honeybee populations is worse than we ever thought. In its first-ever honeybee health survey, the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that commercial honeybee populations fell 8.1 percent in 2015.1 Likewise, researchers in another study found that among all beekeepers 44 percent of bees were lost nationwide from 2015 to 2016.2

In addition to showing the horrific loss of honeybee populations, this research also suggests that bee-killing neonicotinoid (neonics) pesticides are one culprit of colony collapse.3

The Environmental Protection Agency is currently reviewing the effects of neonics on pollinator colonies. With this new data proving honeybees are on the brink of widespread collapse, we must act now to urge the EPA to ban these toxic pesticides once and for all.

Bees and other pollinators play a vital role in our food production system by enabling the production of many of the nuts, fruits and vegetables in our diets. In total, pollinators make possible an astounding 35% of global food production and contribute more than $24 billion annually to the U.S. economy. But the number of managed honeybee colonies in the United States has declined from six million in the 1940s to just 2.5 million today – jeopardizing our food supply and domestic agriculture industry.4

This isn’t the first time the federal government has admitted pesticides are a leading contributor to colony collapse. Last year, a similar survey, funded in part by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, revealed that U.S. beekeepers lost over 42% of their colonies between April 2014 and April 2015, a significant upswing of losses from the previous year.56

You can sign the petition here.

ACTION: Support Avaaz’s Petition to Save the Bees

Quietly, across the USA, millions of bees are dying, threatening our crops and food. A new bill this week could ban one group of deadly pesticides and save bees from annihilation, but only if Congress feels the sting of public opinion.

Bees in the USA are facing what Avaaz terms “a chemical Armageddon.”

Just last week, 50,000 died in a single car park in Oregon after being exposed to pesticides, and last winter over 50% of all California’s bees died. Leading scientists blame one group of pesticides called neonicotinoids. The evidence is so compelling that the entire European Union has begun banning them, and the Save America’s Pollinators Act could impose a ban on these deadly poisons in the US…. Big Agriculture and powerful chemical companies like Bayer are already lobbying hard to stop the bill, but if we show an overwhelming public support for a ban, we can counter their influence

Please take a moment to sign the petition at the Avaaz site now.

Save the Bees: Tell EPA and USDA to Ban Bayer’s Neonicotinoid Insecticides

Billions of honey bees have been disappearing from hives across the United States. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) first struck in 2004 and made U.S. headlines three years later. Countless bees suddenly vanish, leaving an empty hive, save a few corpses. What’s causing the disaster? Bayer’s neonicotinoid insecticide imidacloprid.

Learn more and take action now!

 

Honeybee Deaths Linked to Corn Insecticides

A case study in interdependence: A new study published in the American Chemical Society’s Environmental Science & Technology journal links the rapid decline in bee populations to insecticides used in commercial corn farming. Yet another reason to go organic and boycott chemical corn.

Read the full story here.