I am raising a rather larger garden than usual this year…and have noticed that, even here in relatively pristine northern New Mexico, there just aren’t very many bees! Several plants failed to set fruit due to lack of pollination. Scary! Below is an action to help stop the bee die off.
Bees can’t wait five more years for EPA action
In honor of National Honey Bee Day, people across the country are celebrating the pollinators responsible for much of our food. But as you know, bees are in serious trouble.
These vital pollinators are still dying off at unprecedented rates. And while EPA has taken little action to protect bees from harmful pesticides, the agency’s new leader can step it up. Join us in calling on Gina McCarthy to make pollinator protection a priority under her leadership!
Tell Gina McCarthy, bees need action now» The science is increasingly clear: neonicotinoid pesticides, alone and in combination with other pesticides, are a key factor in declining bee populations. Neonics have been linked to massive bee kills, and at non-lethal doses they can interfere with critical brain functions that bees need to navigate, forage and reproduce.
Make bees a priority» As head of EPA, it’s up to Gina McCarthy to protect bees. The agency’s current plan is to finish reviewing neonics by 2018…and then decide what to do. But with beekeepers reporting losses of 40-70%, it’s clear bees can’t wait five more years.
Help send the message to Administrator McCarthy: It’s time to step up and protect bees. We rely on them for one in three bites of food we eat, and they need help urgently.
Thanks for adding your voice to the swell!