Bees are dying

 

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The Trump administration recently rolled back a ban on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides. Now it’s possible for these toxic pesticides to be used in wildlife refuges. It’s a disaster for pollinators, people and the environment.

The Senate could stop this rollback of protections for bees. Already, more than 25,000 Friends of the Earth Action members like you have contacted your Senators to demand that they act. Now, we need your help to turn up the pressure.

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The Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2014 decision to phase out the use of bee-killing neonic pesticides was a critical step in helping protect bees and other pollinators that are essential to our food system.

Now, the Fish and Wildlife Service is trying to undo that phase-out. And it’s doing so despite research that confirms that neonicotinoid pesticides kill and harm bees and other pollinators like butterflies and birds. This poses a serious threat to our food supply, public health and environment.

The European Union recently voted to ban all outdoor uses of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides. Canada will phase out most outdoor and agricultural uses of these pesticides. And Maryland and Connecticut have already passed state bills to ban consumer use of them. Plus, cities, counties and major retailers across the country are committing not to use or sell bee-killing neonics.

There is no reason that the Fish and Wildlife Service, which is tasked with protecting wildlife, should clear the way for bees to have even more exposure to these toxic pesticides. This is just another example of the Trump administration doing everything it can to help pesticide companies like Bayer and Monsanto can make more profits.

In fact, the agency’s own leaders think it’s a bad idea. When it originally announced this ban on neonics, the chief of the refuge system wrote, „neonic-treated seeds can affect ’non-target‘ species and would therefore be phased out of use in wildlife refuges.“ Now, the agency is abandoning its own analysis that these pesticides are toxic to bees and wildlife and have no place in a refuge system.

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Thanks to your support, we’re making progress in the fight to save bees from toxic pesticides. Together, we’ve convinced major garden retailers like Home Depot and Lowe’s to stop selling plants grown with neonics. We’ve already transformed over three-quarters of the garden industry.

Even supermarkets are starting to shift. Whole Foods is decreasing pesticide use on the fruits and vegetables it sells and increasing its organic offerings — giving customers access to more food grown without toxic pesticides. Costco recently announced that it’s taking similar steps. And after months of pressure from Friends of the Earth Action members like you, Kroger has agreed to phase out neonics from its garden plants.

At the same time, we’ve helped advance legislation in states from Vermont to California to eliminate these pesticides. And we’ve worked with volunteers across the country to pass local-level resolutions.

But we still have a lot of work to do to save bees. Every day that Big Ag is able to continue to douse our food system with neonics, bees are more at risk. We need to get these chemicals out of our environment immediately — but we can’t do this without you.

Help get bee-killing pesticides out of our environment: Donate today, before it’s too late!

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Standing with you,
Lisa Archer,
Food and technology program director,
Friends of the Earth Action

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