Congressman introduces bill to save bees and protect pollinated produce
by Mark Floegel
August 5, 2013
Bees are dying by the millions all across America. According to leading scientists, theyre being poisoned by a group of pesticides called neonicotinoids (also known as neonics) or the "new DDT" as some scientists are calling them. Just like DDT, the pesticides manufacturers claimed that the chemicals only harmed the organisms they were intended to harm. The rapid decline in bee populations proves otherwise. If we dont stop using these chemicals soon, the bee population could be done for -- and so could all the fruits and vegetables that rely on bees for pollination. But theres hope. Rep. Earl Blumenauer from Oregon just introduced a bill in Congress that would impose a ban on neonics until a scientific review and field studies prove no harm will come to bee populations from their use. Passing this bill wont be easy. Big agriculture and chemical companies like Bayer are already lobbying hard to defeat it. Massive public support is the only chance the bees have. More than 100,000 Greenpeace supporters helped raise the profile of this issue last month. Together we now have a chance to save the bees before it is too late.