Disaster struck a Minneapolis beekeeper last month, according to Sierra Rise Senior Campaigner Ashley Allison. His precious backyard bees were spilling out of their hive “like they’re drunk” and falling to the ground dead – victims of toxic agricultural pesticide.
A quarter of everything we eat – from apples to onions – depends on pollination. But now, beekeepers from around the world are reporting a pandemic of the worst bee population collapses ever recorded.
While you and I know chemical-giant Bayer for their products like aspirin and alka seltzer, but did you know that their toxic agricultural pesticides are linked to this unprecedented bee die-off? The EPA has the power to ban the pesticides, but they have so far bowed to pressure from Bayer.
Our nation’s food supply is at risk – it’s time for our communities to step in and speak out! Over one million people have stood up for the health of our bees and our food, and Sierra Rise is asking for more people to join them.
The EPA has the power to protect our bees and our food supply. Let’s send 50,000 more letters by Tuesday, demanding they ban Bayer’s toxic pesticide!
The same story of shocking bee die-off, called Colony Collapse Disorder, has been heard all over the country.
Bret Adee, whose family owns the Adee Honey Farms of South Dakota, the nation’s largest beekeeper, described mounting losses. “We lost 42% over the winter. But by the time we came around to pollinate almonds, it was a 55% loss,” he said in an interview. This isn’t just bad for our nation’s food supply – it’s also crippling family businesses like Bret’s and the local economics.
Independent, unbiased studies have linked Bayer’s pesticides to colony collapse. When picked up by bees, the chemical can act like a nerve agent, compromising a bee’s ability to feed and make its way back to the hive. It’s no wonder the European Union just adopted a continent-wide ban on these same toxic chemicals. It’s time we do the same!
The EPA continues to dither while Bayer peddles its toxins and puts our nation’s crops at risk. Together, we are more powerful than any chemical company. Make sure the EPA knows where you stand.
The safety of our food supply is at risk. Demand the EPA stands up to chemical companies like Bayer and bans bee-killing pesticides!