About the Campaign
Honeybees are responsible for one in every three bites of food that we eat. More than $19 billion worth of crops a year are pollinated by bees, and $150 million worth of honey is produced annually in the U.S. alone.
If bees are so important to our ecosystem and economy, why are we letting them die?
TakePart.com is launching a year-long campaign dedicated to the health, well-being and restoration of the bee population. Take Action! Sign the petition now and check back often for more ways that you can help #SaveOurBees!
‘Vanishing of the Bees’ Director Explains Why Bees Matter
Vanishing of the Bees director Maryam Henein tells us why bees are so important, how humans are killing bees, and what we can do to stop it. She discusses the importance of restoring health to bee populations and how crucial they are to our food supply.
BeeChat: Live Town Hall
missed the live stream? watch the town hall here. panelists:
Todd Woody, senior editor for environment and wildlife, TakePart (moderator)
Susan Kegley, PhD, CEO, Pesticide Research Institute
Gene Brandi, beekeeper and vice-president, American Beekeeping Federation
Claire Kremen, PhD, Co-Director, Berkeley Food Institute
We should all be thanking honeybees...
They’re responsible for 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat!
Of the 100 crops that provide 90% of the world's food, over 70 are pollinated by bees.
this includes foods such as almonds, avocados, cranberries, Broccoli, onions and apples.
Bee colonies have been steadily dying off over the last decade.
Some U.S. beekeepers lost 45% of their colonies in 2013.
A systemic class of pesticides called neonicotinoids (or “neonics”) is a major contributor to bee deaths.
unlike contact pesticides, which remain on only the surface of treated plants, systemics are taken up by the plant and transported to all of its tissues.
A single kernel of corn coated with a neonic is toxic enough to kill a songbird.
Can you imagine what it does to bees?
Despite mounting evidence linking neonics to bee death, the EPA has continued to allow widespread use of the pesticide for over a decade.
We have a chance to change that…
stopping the use of neonics is one thing that congress and the epa can act on right now.
join us in the fight to #SaveOurBees by telling congress to support the 'Save America's Pollinators Act'.
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