Update on March 20, 2013
Join the Earth Day Swarm to Ban Bee-Killing Pesticides
What better way to
celebrate Earth Day than to act to save honeybees from toxic pesticides?
Let's swarm the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with demands for a
ban on the pesticides that are killing the pollinators we need to grow
Thank you for signing the petition (http://www.causes.com/actions/1686797-ban-the-use-of-neonicotinoid-pesticides-before-they-devastate-bee-populations-in-the-usa)! Please help us reach 100,000 signatures by April 22 by sharing the link and inviting your friends.
If you're near Washington, DC, please
join us on Earth Day, Monday, April 22, at 12 noon, to deliver the
petition to EPA headquarters. Please RSVP here (http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50865/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=70684) to
join the Earth Day swarm!
Last year was one of the worst in U.S. history for honey production.
Some beekeepers are reporting astonishing winter losses, upwards of 90
percent. Others have reported complete colony loss. Less
honey means less food for overwintering bees, putting increased stress
on colonies attempting to fight off the spread of colony collapse
CCD is the name given
to the precipitous decline of honeybee populations around the world,
beginning in 2006. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports
that, on average, beekeepers are losing over 30% (http://www.beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/?p=5450) of their honeybee colonies each year, twice what is considered normal. While CCD appears to have multiple interacting causes, a range of scientific evidence (http://www.beyondpesticides.org/pollinators/research.htm)
points to pesticide exposure as an important contributing factor.
Neonicotinoids, a class of potent systemic insecticides, are
particularly suspect, especially in combination with the dozens of other
pesticides bees are exposed to in their hives and when foraging.
Interested in the connection between bee deaths and genetically engineered crops? Read this excellent article by Heather Pilatic, Co-director, Pesticide Action Network North America: Bee Kills in the Corn Belt: What's GE Got to Do With It? (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/heather-pilatic/bee-kills-in-the-corn-bel_b_1520757.html)
Want to learn more? Check out the great resources at Beyond Pesticides (http://www.beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/?p=9602)
Want to be inspired? Watch this amazing video: The Beauty of Pollination (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHkq1edcbk4&feature=youtu.be&t=54s)
Please RSVP to take action (http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50865/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=70684) to save the bees this Earth Day in DC!