Where are all the bees?
by Mark Floegel
June 19, 2013
This is no act of God. Our bees are being poisoned.
Scientists have linked a powerful class of pesticides called neonics to increases in bee die-offs.Due in part to these deadly toxic chemicals, 31% of hives in the United States collapsed this past winter alone.
Last month millions across Europe spoke up for the bees and pressured the European Union (EU) into imposing a two year ban on neonics, defeating the influential pesticide lobby.If we act together, we can convince the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to do the same.
Viruses, mites and malnutrition can all contribute to the collapse of a hive. But neonics pose a unique threat to bees.These poisons spread into the pollen and nectar of treated plants, slowly accumulating in the hive with each bees trip to a contaminated flower.
By allowing toxic chemicals like neonics to weaken and kill bees, we threaten our food and our environment.
Trying to solve all agricultural problems with chemical additives is shortsighted and reckless.To ensure that we have safe and reliable food, we must strive for sustainable agriculture that works with nature, rather than manipulates and destroys it.
The elimination of bee-killing pesticides is major progress towards that goal.Every step that helps restore the balance between the natural world and the agricultural world is an important one.