Save the Bees- Stop the use of Pesticides
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Bees are a vital part of our world’s agricultural industry; they are responsible for 1 in every 3 bites of food we consume. Without bees, access to nutritious foods such as apples and almonds would be extremely limited and therefore expensive. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) need to prohibit the use of neonicotinoid pesticides to protect pollinators and human beings.
According to National Geographic, "Bees are an agricultural commodity that's been valued at $15 billion annually in the U.S. alone. One hive can collect pollen from up to 100,000 flowering plants in a single day.”
The health of bees reflects the state of our environment, and thus can teach us about our own well-being. The diverse bee population is continuing to dwindle, with the Bumble Bee under consideration for becoming an endangered species. According to National Geographic, bees exposed to neonicotinoids or other pesticides can experience altered behavior, memory loss, and the inability to supply their hives with enough food for queen production.
The USDA reports, "Over 10 million beehives have been lost since 2006, at a $2 billion cost to beekeepers (by contrast, in 2009 alone, the sale of neonics brought in $2.6 billion globally). In 2015, hive losses were up to 42 percent, and for the first time ever, more losses were reported in the summer, when bees typically thrive, than the winter.”
Commercial companies started successfully using neonicotinoids in 1985, specifically Bayer CropScience. The use of these pesticides has continued to grow since 2000 because they only have a significantly negative impact on insect brains (lesser effects on mammals) and the pesticide application process is extremely easy.
According to Rolling Stone Magazine, the systemic insecticides implanted in seeds DNA that make it resistant to predators, are also harmful to humans. These neonics cannot be washed away by the elements, rain or shine they keep pests away. This also means a quick rinse in your kitchen sink won’t remove the toxic chemicals either, so unless you're eating strictly organic, you're eating neonicotinoids all the time!
Join us in asking the USDA and EPA to prohibit the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, protecting bees and the environment for generations to come.
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