PHOTOS: Bees in Action!
by Cassady Sharp
It's no mystery that bee populations are in decline globally and particularly in the United States with nearly one third of all hives disappearing. Referred to as Colony Collapse Disorder, several factors can contribute to CCD including habitat disruption. However, evidence points to the reckless use of toxic pesticides called neonicotinoids as an overwhelming contributor to the massive disappearance of bees. Bees are responsible for one third of the food we eat which means without them, we could face a major agricultural disaster. The EPA recently approved a particularly harmful chemical in this class of pesticides called sulfoxalfor. These pesticides are used on 75 percent of US crops, and studies have shown that they can harm and kill bees. The most disturbing evidence of the harm these pesticides cause occurred this summer when 50,000 bees were found dead in an Oregon parking lot. The Oregon Department of Agriculture declared the cause of death to proximity to Safari, an insecticide whose primary ingredient is also found in neonicotinoids, the pesticides the EPA just approved. Take action now and demand the EPA reverse their approval of sulfoxalfor, a toxic chemical contributing to extermination of bees everywhere and threatening our access to fresh food.