- For the first time on record, summer losses of managed honey bee colonies have exceeded winter losses, according to preliminary results of the annual survey released (May 13, 2015).
- Part 1: Pesticides and Pollinators
- Part 2: EPA restricts use of bee-killing pesticides. Now it needs to ban them entirely.
Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
Part 1: Pesticides and Pollinators
Protecting Honeybees and Wild Pollinators
Pesticides, alone and in combination with other factors, have had a devastating effect on honeybees and wild pollinators. Pesticides commonly found in lawn and garden products and used in agriculture are known to be hazardous to bees –some killing bees outright and others with subtle effects that reduce a bee’s ability to thrive.
Approximately 90 percent of all flowering plants require pollinators to survive. In agriculture, nearly a third of pollination is accomplished by honeybees. Cucumbers, almonds, carrots, melons, apricots, cherries, pears, apples, prunes, plums, cantaloupe, onions, avocados, kiwi, blueberries, cranberries and more depend on honeybee pollination.
Beyond Pesticides: Beyond Pesticides works with allies in protecting public health and the environment to lead the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides.
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Part 2: EPA restricts use of bee-killing pesticides. Now it needs to ban them entirely.
Sign the petition to the Environmental Protection Agency:
“Thank you for restricting new and expanded uses of neonicotinoid pesticides. Take the next step and do what is necessary to save bees and other pollinators by banning the use of bee-killing pesticides entirely.”
Josh Nelson, CREDO Action
Big news in the fight to save bee populations from pesticides: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just announced that it won’t approve any new or expanded uses of neonicotinoid pesticides while it continues to study the threats they pose to honey bees and other pollinators.1
This is a huge development in our fight to save vital pollinators from bee-killing pesticides. But it doesn’t change the fact that EPA has been approving the use of these pesticides for decades, and that they’re in widespread use on corn, soybeans and other crops throughout the country right now.
With the momentum on our side this is a crucial moment to pressure EPA to do what’s truly necessary to save our pollinators and ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides once and for all.
Tell the Environmental Protection Agency: Ban the use of bee-killing pesticides entirely.