No Bees, No Food
A huge number of honey bees are ceasing to exist, with disturbing outcomes for our condition and our nourishment supply. We depend on honey bees to fertilize everything from almonds to strawberries to the horse feed used to bolster dairy bovines. What happens if the honey bees vanish? It’s basic: No honey bees, no sustenance.
We depend on honey bees to fertilize 71 of the 100 yields that give 90% of the vast majority of the world’s nourishment. Envision no almonds, less apples and strawberries, less horse feed to bolster dairy bovines, and the rundown goes on.
6,000 times more harmful than DDT
Researchers point to a few causes behind the issue, including a dangerous atmospheric devation, living space misfortune, parasites and a class of honey bee executing bug sprays known as neonicotinoids (or neonics).
At the point when seeds are treated with neonics, the chemicals work their way into the dust and nectar of the plants — which, obviously, is terrible news for honey bees and different pollinators. More regrettable, for the honey bees and for us, neonics are around 6,000 times more lethal to honey bees than DDT.
Only one case: After an adjacent ranch planted corn seeds covered with neonics in 2013, a rancher named Dave Schuit lost 37 million of his honey bees. “Once the corn began to get planted our honey bees kicked the bucket by the millions,” said Schuit.
We’re up against enormous agrichemical organizations
Given the results for our homesteads and our sustenance, you’d think we’d be doing whatever we can to shield honey bees and different pollinators from dangers like neonics.
Rather, enormous agrichemical organizations like Dow Chemical, Bayer and Syngenta are battling to avert bans. What’s more, Syngenta has approached government controllers for consent to utilize significantly bigger amounts of these pesticides — as much as 400 times more than right now permitted.
A few governments aren’t giving the huge synthetic organizations a chance to drive them around. Frightened by the part these chemicals are playing in honey bee settlement fall issue, the European Union has prohibited a few of them; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has focused on eliminating them on the general population lands they oversee; and Seattle, Minnesota and Oregon have all consented to make some type of move against neonics.
A few organizations are making a move too. Home Depot and BJ’s Wholesale Club have found a way to restrain plants treated with neonics, mark the plants or both. More than 100 organizations sent a letter to the White House asking the Obama organization to accomplish more to secure honey bees and different pollinators against poisonous pesticides. What’s more, we’ll keep on urging different retailers to eliminate neonics and accomplish more to caution nursery workers and different clients.
To reestablish honey bee populaces to wellbeing, be that as it may, we require the EPA to advance up and lead.
Together, we can give honey bees a possibility
At this moment, we’re letting huge agrichemical organizations utilize a greater amount of the chemicals that are referred to execute honey bees similarly as we’re amidst an unsustainable cease to exist in honey bee populaces. That needs to change. Presently.
Go along with us in approaching the EPA to announce an across the nation ban on the utilization of honey bee murdering neonics.