Introduction by Jean Furs:
Just how important is it that we save the bees? Well the bees have been around for a very long time. We as humans may not like them in our yards because they get in the way of our activities but as the old saying goes “Everyone is supposed to be here”. Bees pollinate our crops, and flowers and without them our food supply is in danger. For those of us who like to garden organically and without the danger of toxic pesticides seeping into our vegetables and fruits I believe this fact is even more disturbing.
I garden organically and I’ve found that by just planting the right types of herbs, flowers or vegetables next to your plants will keep most of the bugs away. Spearmint and peppermint are just two of these herbs that I’m speaking of. Beetles for instance don’t like geraniums and if a beetle falls on a geranium and takes a bite out of this plant, the beetle will die. There are many more natural combinations that will allow gardens to flourish without pesticides. As humans we should consider being more conscientious and caring by looking into how to garden without the need to use toxic pesticides that kill off our bees.
A brand new scientific report has made a stunning finding: Bees are going extinct.
The report, conducted by a panel of 70 top scientists at the United Nations, is the first-ever global study on the health of bees and other pollinators.1
We’ve been fighting on all fronts to demand immediate action to save the bees—including calling for the U.S. to ban bee-killing pesticides while also urging retail stores to take these pesticides off their shelves.
But now the urgency is greater than ever—and companies like Monsanto and Bayer are fighting virtually every effort to crack down on the pesticides that harm bees and other pollinators.
The statistics in this report are frankly terrifying:
- 75% of the world’s food crops rely on pollinators like bees and butterflies.
- 90% of the world’s wild flowering plants rely on pollinators.
- More than 40% of invertebrate pollinators—especially bees and butterflies—are facing extinction mainly due to human causes.
There is a bit of good news: The report also finds that bees and many other pollinators can be saved with relatively simple solutions.
With steps like replacing bee-killing pesticides with safer alternatives—or, better yet, cutting out all toxic pesticides and integrating bee- and butterfly-friendly plants into agricultural and rural areas—we can provide the safe habitat these crucial creatures need.
But the opposition we’re facing—including massive pesticide producers like Monsanto—will fight us tooth and nail. We’re counting on you to chip in so we can fight back.
Thanks for making it all possible.
Environment America Executive Director
1. Press Release: Pollinators Vital to Our Food Supply Under Threat, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, February 26, 2016
Environment America, Inc.
Federal Advocacy Office: 218 D Street SE, Washington, DC 20003, (202) 683-1250