In North America alone, honey bees pollinate nearly 95 kinds of fruits and nuts, including almonds, avocados, cranberries and apples. Each of us relies on bees — and the pollination services they provide — every day. But bees and other pollinators are reaching a tipping point, with beekeepers reporting annual losses of a third or more in recent years.
What’s at the root of this alarming trend? Scientists agree there are multiple, interacting causes at play, including pathogens, nutrition and habitat loss — and pesticide exposure is a key factor, exacerbating other stressors.
Federal policymakers are moving too slowly to implement pollinator protective policies, but bees need meaningful action — and they need it now.
What we’re doing
Working with beekeepers, farmers and scientists, PAN is building momentum for pollinator-protective policies across the country. Together with our partners, we’re keeping the pressure on decisionmakers in D.C. and state capitals from Minnesota to California to take bee-harming pesticides off the market.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allowed neonicotinoids onto the market without sufficient review — and the agency has been incredibly slow to wrap up its review, even though independent science shows a clear connection between these commonly used insecticides and bee declines. It’s time for action!
EPA also allows the widespread use of neonicotinoids as a seed coating on crops like corn and soy, even though this practice doesn’t much help farmers. In fact, seed treatments are so common that farmers report it’s nearly impossible to purchase commodity crop seed that isn’t covered in neonics. And, because EPA doesn’t count seed treatments as a “pesticide application” and therefore doesn’t track or regulate them as such, bees continue being exposed on farmland across the country.
We’re also urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to increase pesticide-free pollinator habitat and expand support for agroecological, pollinator-friendly farming practices.
Want to take action for bees? Here are a few ways to get involved in this important campaign.
- Sign up! Join our alert list to receive the latest news and actions for bees.
- Keep the issue front & center. Write a letter to the editor of your local papers or submit an OpEd. Decisionmakers pay attention to media coverage!
- Build momentum. Talk to your friends, family, neighbors about the importance of bees and other pollinators — and the challenges they’re facing. And ask them to join this campaign too!
- Create a Honey Bee Haven. Have a yard or plants on your front step? Grow bee-friendly plants and keep the space pesticide free. Urge your town or city to pass a resolution and become a bee haven too!
For more tips and tools for bees, download our “Bee the Change” toolkit. And share with your community!
For more info please visit. http://www.panna.org/our-campaigns/save-our-bees?gclid=CLSBhLjKisgCFciIfgodgNMKdw
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