Press Releases and Media
- EPA Finds Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments to Be of Little or No Benefit (October 17, 2014) : The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a report yesterday that neonicotinoid seed treatments in soybean production provide little or no overall benefits in controlling insects, improving yield or quality in agriculture.
- Late Breaking News: Groups Challege California's Approval of Bee-Killing Pesticides (July 8, 2014): Today, environmental and food safety groups challenged California’s illegal practice of approving new agricultural uses for neonicotinoid pesticides despite mounting evidence that the pesticides are devastating honeybees.
- Presidential memorandum Acknowledges Pollinator Declines and Mandates Federal Action: EPA Fails to Restrict Pesticides Linked to Bee Decline (June 20, 2014): The White House today issued a Presidential Memorandum on pollinator health to the heads of federal agencies requiring action to "reverse pollinator losses and help restore populations to healthy levels."
- BEE Protective! Beyond Pesticides Installs Honey Bee Hive at DC Headquarters (May 6, 2014): With pollinator week a little over a month away, Beyond Pesticides is thrilled to announce that it’s amplifying its own footprint in the BEE Protective campaign by installing an urban honey bee hive at its national headquarters in southeast Washington, D.C.!
- Half a Million Demand Action from EPA to Save Bees (March 20, 2014): Today, more than half a million signatures were delivered to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, urging the nation's top-ranking environmental leader to protect bees and other pollinators.
- Advocates Urge California Officials to "Show Bees Some Love" (February 18, 2014): On Valentine’s Day, Beyond Pesticides, Pesticide Action Network, and Center for Food Safety, represented by Earthjustice, submitted detailed comments to state officials urging them to stop approving pesticides linked to bee declines.
- Broad Coalition is Building Buzz on Pollinator Decline with National Ad Campaign (December 2, 2013): Today, Beyond Pesticides, Center for Food Safety and Pesticide Action Network, supported by Ceres Trust and joined by more than 60 other organizations, launched a national media campaign to bring attention to the severity of pollinator declines due in part to the use of bee-harming 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 agricultural economy.
- 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.