The Impact Of Neonicotinoids
Although the pesticide industry claims that there is no evidence as to why the global population of honeybees is rapidly declining, the tremendous amount of scientific evidence proves otherwise. It started when Dutch Toxicologist, Dr. Henk Tennekes blew the whistle on the effects that neonicotinoids have on bees as well as other pollinators and published his research. He then went on to publish a best-selling book, A Disaster In The Making. In the book, he describes exactly what we are in for if neonicotinoids continue to be used in agriculture and in the home environment. Dr. Tennekes has often been referred to as the male counterpart to Rachel Carson who wrote Silent Spring back in 1962. Both books paint an eerie future if human beings continue devastating the earth with chemicals.
According to Dr. Tennekes, neonicotinoids are the most toxic chemicals on the face of the earth. The damage they inflict is cumulative and irreversible. Time is clearly of the essence when it comes to protecting our pollinators. However, the efforts by government officials are not urgent enough.
Retailers Take Action To Protect Bees
Read the report here, and click to see the list of retailers who have committed not to use or sell neonicotinoids. To read the full report, please click this link from our friends at Friends Of The Earth.
Ask President Obama To Do His Part To Save Our Bees!
Michelle Obama: Stand up for bees in the White House garden and beyond
There are many things you can do to help honeybees as well as all pollinators.
1. Support your local beekeepers and buy local honey.
2. Grow everything organically.
3. Plant flowers, trees, and shrubs that attract pollinators.
4. Talk to your family, friends and neighbors about going organic.
5. Take The Pledge To Keep Your Garden Bee Safe! Click here to take the pledge!
6. If you would like to learn more about how to help bees, learn about them first. Don’t become a hobbyist beekeeper unless you have a full understanding about what their needs are and can make such a commitment. It is a huge responsibility!
Listen To The Interview
In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, two bee advocates Tiffany Finck-Haynes, head of the BeeAction.org campaign for Friends of the Earth and Larissa Walker, the Pollinator Campaign Director and a policy analyst at Center for Food Safety talk to host, June Stoyer about the importance of honeybees, food security and what people can do to save our bees. To listen to the interview, click the play button on the video.
Meet Tiffany Finck-Haynes
Tiffany is the food futures campaigner at Friends of the Earth and leads the BeeAction.org campaign.
She has led labor solidarity and environmental stewardship campaigns and completed an independent research study in Bolivia focused on the impacts of climate change on bee populations and implications of pollinator declines for the food systems and global ecosystems. Tiffany hails from a seven generation organic family farm in Vermont which taught her the importance of protecting our local family farms and need to build a sustainable and just food system.
Meet Larissa Walker
Larissa Walker is the Pollinator Campaign Director and a policy analyst at Center for Food Safety. In her role, she integrates national grassroots campaigns with hard-hitting scientific and legal expertise, working with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and regulators at key government agencies to affect positive policy change. Larissa spearheads CFS’s pollinators & pesticides campaign, which focuses on protecting bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects from the harms of pesticides and industrial agriculture.