We urge the EPA to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides from being used on crops and in household products to protect nature’s hardest workers, bees. Europe just banned these pesticides for two years and there is still time to save bees in the USA if you take action now.Neonicotinoid, known as “neonics” for short, is a farm pesticide produced primarily by the German chemical giant Bayer, widely used in the U.S. to coat a massive 142 million acres of corn, wheat, soy and cotton seeds. They are also common ingredients in many home gardening products. However, three new studies link neonics to declining bee populations nationwide - fully a third of commercial beehives, over a million colonies, have disappeared over the past year.
Bee the Change
Healthy bee populations are essential to the production of our food. Bees are attracted to floral nectars and help pollinate the plant, allowing it to reproduce. Therefore, without honey bees, our lives would be impoverished by a general lack of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and other bee-pollinated plant products like corn, apples, oranges, lemons, broccoli, onions, blueberries, cherries, avocados, and many more. Unfortunately, our widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticides is causing a dramatic decline in honey bee populations.