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No Bees, No Food - Help Ban Bee-Killng Pesticides!
Help give bees a chance by stopping the use of bee-killing pesticides.
We rely on bees to pollinate everything from alfalfa to strawberries, from almonds to the hay used to feed dairy cows.
Yet bees are dying at startling rates, and scientists point to toxic pesticides, some of which are 6,000 times as toxic as DDT, as one of the causes.
Save the bees. Ban the use of bee-killing pesticides.
What happens if bees disappear? It's simple: No bees, no food. Tell the EPA to take bee-killing pesticides off the market: Tell the EPA to stop the use of bee-killing pesticides
Dave Goulson of the University of Sussex, who has studied neonicotinoids for three years, said this defense [of the pesticide industry] is similar to what the tobacco industry deployed 50 years ago. “The reality is if you care about the environment, you should care about this,” he told The Washington Post in a phone interview. “We’re wiping insects off of many surfaces of the globe and it’s hard to think what won’t be affected by this wholesale loss of biodiversity.”
Goulson was one of dozens of scientists who published another report last month hailed as the most detailed assessment of the insecticides to date. The four-year study released last month concluded that neonicotinoids — on which farmers spend $2.6 billion annually and apply routinely — are threatening the world’s food supplies. The crux of the findings focused on creatures vital to global food production — such as bees, worms and birds — likely suffering the most harm.
“The evidence is very clear,” Jean-Marc Bonmatin, of France’s National Center for Scientific Research, told the Guardian. “We are witnessing a threat to the productivity of our natural and farmed environment equivalent to that posed by organophosphates or DDT. From protecting food production, the use of neonicotinoid insecticides is threatening the very infrastructure which enables it.”