Banning Neonicotinoids in California
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Bees are invaluable to our global food source and economy, but they are dying off at an incredibly alarming rate.
Bees are responsible for the pollination of over $15 billion dollars in crops every year, according to the USDA. In California alone, bees are responsible for pollinating $5.33 billion dollars of one of California's top crops- almonds, according to the CDFA.
Colony collapse disorder is the term used to describe the massive bee population decline. Pesticides, specifically Neonicotinoids, are the primary cause of this destruction.
Neonicotinoids are transferred from plant pollen to bees, and they spread through the bee colony. They cause irreversible damage to:
Central nervous system, resulting in paralysis and death
-Foraging activity and feeding
In turn, crops are not pollinated and are unable to produce fruit. Because of this pesticide, one-third of US beehives are being decimated every year. California has already lost 90% of its bee population.
The European Union has already banned neonicotinoids, and it is now time for California to lead by example for the country. We are calling for action on the state level.
If destruction of our primary pollinators continues, our tables will soon be empty of the fruits and vegetables we’ve come to count on.
Do we want to leave our children and grandchildren a world without bees? The stakes are too high, and we owe it to them to take action now.
- Drake High School SEADISC
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