Honey bees are in dire straits. Since 2006, some beekeepers have reported losing 30 to 90 percent of their hives to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a phenomenon where bees leave their hives and never return. While experts think many factors are contributing to CCD, pesticides are one of the culprits that have been fingered.
Beekeepers and a group of non-profits recently called on the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to remove Poncho, a commonly used
pesticide, from store shelves and restrict its use. The group claims
that the pesticide may be killing off bees, serving as a major
contributor to CCD. They also say that Poncho really shouldn't
have ever made it into the marketplace at all. Bayer Crop Science, the maker of Poncho, failed to conduct research that adequately studied Poncho's potential impact on honey bees.
Through pollination, honey bees are responsible for producing one-third of America's food supply. If pesticides like Poncho keep perpetuating the spread of CCD, we can kiss food security goodbye.
It's time to stop CCD. Sign our petition asking the EPA to immediately ban the sale of Poncho and conduct a thorough study that analyzes the pesticide's potential impacts on honey bees.