In recent years, it was reported that millions of bees are dying off due to global warming, habitat loss, parasites and a class of bee-killing insecticides known as neonicotinoids. We rely on bees to pollinate 71 of the 100 crops that provide 90% of most of the world’s food.
When seeds are treated with neonics, the chemicals work their way into the pollen and nectar of the plants, which of course, is bad news for bees and other pollinators.
Fifteen countries in Europe have imposed a two-year restriction on the use of several of these chemicals. The U.S. should do the same. It has become an issue where you should act quickly to reject the pesticide industry’s request for increased limits and to instead put in place an immediate moratorium on neonicotinoid pesticides.
“Urgent action is needed to tackle climate change but the Government must also help bees and other wildlife adapt to changes already happening.
“That means reducing other stresses by ensuring bees have plentiful and varied food sources and helping farmers reduce their reliance on chemical pesticides.
“The National Pollinator Strategy currently being consulted on must be strong enough to help our bees survive in a changing climate.” (Dane Wigington).
We can all join together to protect bees and other pollinators from threats like neonics and continue to reach out to EPA for their help to restore bee populations to health. So take action now, before it’s too late!