Pollinators and Pesticides
Protecting honey bees and wild pollinators from pesticides
Since 2006, honey bees and other pollinators in the U.S. and throughout
the world have experienced ongoing and rapid population declines. The continuation of this crisis threatens the stability of ecosystems, the economy and our food supply, as one in three bites of food are dependent on pollinator services. Scientific studies are consistently finding that a new, and increasingly popular class of pesticides, called neonicotinoids, are significant contributors to this devastating phenomenon. On December 1, 2013, the Euopean Union (EU) restricted the use of these dangerous pesticides for a period of two years. In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not taken effective action to protect pollinators and our food economy from harm. Beyond Pesticides has joined with beekeepers and thousands of people and organizations to urge EPA to join the EU in restricting neonicotinoid pesticides.
Bee can't wait 5 more years. And neither can we. Join our campaign to ban bee-harmful neonicotinoid pesticides.
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Click the links to the left for more in-depth scientific and regulatory information on this important issue, view Beyond Pesticides' latest pollinator-related Daily News Blog articles to the right, and see below for the latest information on the plight of our pollinators.
BEE Protective Campaign
In order to move action forward on the pollinator crisis, Beyond Pesticides launched the BEE Protective campaign, a national public education effort supporting local action aimed at protecting honey bees and other pollinators from pesticides and contaminated landscapes. BEE Protective includes a variety of educational materials to help encourage municipalities, campuses, and individual homeowners to adopt policies and practices that protect bees and other pollinators from harmful pesticide applications and create pesticide-free refuges for these beneficial organisms. In addition to scientific and regulatory information, BEE Protective also includes a model community pollinator resolution and a pollinator protection pledge. Pollinators are a vital part of our environment and a barometer for healthy ecosystems. Let's all do our part to BEE Protective of these critical species.
Help Beyond Pesticides grow the pressure on all fronts by asking retailers, administrators, and elected officials to take action by eliminating or curtailing the sale and use of neonicotinoid pesticides.
- BEE DIE-OFFS: New tests find bee-killing pesticides in 'bee-friendly' plants from garden centers nationwide (August 13, 2013): Many "bee friendly home garden plants sold at Home Depot (NYSE:HD), and Lowe's (NYSE:LOW) and other leading garden centers have been pre-treated with pesticides shown not harm and kill bees, according to a new, first-of-its-kind pilot study released today by Friends of the Earth-US and allies.
- Groups Appeal to President Obama to Suspend Bee-Killing Pesticides (July 3, 2013): In light of recent action in Europe to suspend to use of certain
neonicotinoid pesticides, Beyond Pesticides joined 12 other
environmental and advocacy organizations in urging the Obama
administration to direct the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
to follow the European Union’s (EU) lead in recognizing that risks posed
by these pesticides are unacceptably high, and suspend the use of these
chemicals in the U.S. to protect pollinators and the nation’s
- Beyond Pesticides Applauds EU for Protecting Bees, Asks EPA to Take Urgent Action (April 29, 2013): After months of debate, the European Union (EU) voted today to take the precautionary approach and restrict the pesticides associated with bee decline, despite a split among EU states.
- Groups Call for the Protection of Honey Bees on Earth Day (April 19, 2013): With honey bees suffering a devastating decline as high as 90 percent as Earth Day approaches, national environmental groups, Beyond Pesticides and Center for Food Safety, launch a campaign called BEE Protective to support nationwide local action aimed at protecting honey bees and other pollinators from pesticides.
- Beekeepers and Public Interest Groups Sue EPA Over Bee-Toxic Pesticides (March 21, 2013): Today, a year after groups formally petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, four beekeepers and five environmental and consumer groups filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court against the agency for its failure to protect pollinators from dangerous pesticides.
- Groups Say It's Time to ban Bee-Killing Pesticide as European Authority Finds Danger Unacceptable (January 16, 2013): The European Food Safety Authority today presented its report which finds that the neonicotinoid class of insecticides poses unacceptable hazards to bees.
- Beekeepers and Environmentalists Petition EPA to Stop Pesticides Linked to Bee Deaths (March 20, 2012): Today commercial beekeepers and environmental organizations filed an emergency legal petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend the use
of a pesticide that is linked to honey bee deaths, urging the agency to
adopt safeguards. The legal petition, which specifies the pesticide
clothianidin, is supported by over one million citizen petition
signatures, targets the pesticide for its harmful impacts on honey bees.