Bees are dying at an alarming rate

By Shelley Vinyard
Regional Program Director,
Environment Illinois

A stunning new report finds that 44 percent of all bee colonies in the U.S. have died off just since last year. [1]

This is why scientists are now warning that the unthinkable might actually be possible: bees would go extinct. [2]

We know a big part of why this is happening – bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides are being used in huge amounts over hundreds of millions of acres of crops all over the country. That’s why we’re calling for an immediate ban on the use of these bee-killing pesticides.

One-third of the world’s food crops rely on bees and other natural pollinators. [3] It’s simple: no bees, no food.

The good news is that because so many people have gotten engaged, the Obama administration has enacted a moratorium on approving any new bee-killing pesticides. But that’s not nearly enough to stop the ongoing die-off of bee colonies.

To keep the pressure on and demand that bee-killing pesticides be taken off the market for good, we’re aiming to raise $10,000 to help organize a beekeeper tour across the country this summer.

We’ve already opened 29 campaign offices across the country to contact more than 800,000 people and raise awareness about the threat to bees.

The beekeeper tour will allow us to crank up the volume even louder, drawing critical media attention to the problem and engaging even more voters in the effort to save the bees.

To contribute towards this cause you can make a donation on the Environment Illinois website.

  1. Colony Loss 2015-2016: Preliminary Results, Bee Informed Partnership, May 4, 2016
  2. Beetles, butterflies and bees, oh my! Pollinators face extinction, study says, CNN, February 26, 2016
  3. Pollinators, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, accessed May 23, 2016
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