Bees and Monarch Butterflies Can’t Wait

This ad from is running in newspapers across the United States:


“Honey Bees, native bees and other pollinators are responsible for 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat.  Bees pollinate 71 of the 100 crops that make up 90% of the world’s food supply. Many fruits and vegetables, including apples, blueberries, strawberries, carrots and broccoli, as well as almonds and coffee, rely on bees.  These beneficial insects are critical to maintaining our diverse food supply.

Honey bee populations have been in alarming decline since 2006 Widespread use of a new class of toxic pesticides, neonicotinoids, is a significant contributing factor…..

This week, 15 countries are imposing a two-year restriction on the use of several of these chemicals.  Meanwhile, the United States is stalling.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates it will be 2018, 5 years from now, before it makes a decision on this deadly class of pesticides

Bees can’t wait 5 more years–they are dying now. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has the power and responsibility to protect our pollinators.  Our nation’s food system depends on it.”   An important article about the state of our pollinators.

One of the few monarch buttlerflies in 2013
One of the few monarch butterflies in 2013

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