The Bee Cause
Bees are critical to food security
Two-thirds of the food crops humans eat everyday require bees and other pollinators to successfully produce a crop. However, the health and productivity of honeybees, bumble bees, and other pollinators are in great peril, and populations are dwindling worldwide.
Although honey bee losses have been linked to multiple factors, a strong and growing body of scientific evidence has shown that the use of neonicotinoid pesticides are a major contributing factor to bee decline.
Nature designed distinct roles for each wild bee species to play in pollinating plants and we need them all. But they’re up against big stresses like habitat loss, climate change, pesticides and diseases.
A key example is the Rusty-patched bumble bee, once abundant in southern Ontario and now almost extinct and officially designated as endangered. Six more bees have declined to such an extent that scientists have advised the federal Minister of Environment to take steps to protect them.
There are over 800 confirmed species of wild native bees in Canada with little proper monitoring. Few people can actually recognize wild bees even though there may be up to 50 species in a typical backyard.
Check out what you can do for the bees:
Sign the Petition to Protect Wild, Native Bees – help us encourage the Federal Minister of Environment to protect endangered bumble bees
Watch A Ghost in the Making: Searching for the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee – a powerful documentary about the importance of bees for food security
Send a letter to Minister of Health Philpott – let her know we appreciate getting rid of condition registrations but it’s only a first step
Send our letters to garden centres – ask them to stop selling plants and seeds treated with bee-killing pesticides
Find out which retailers are acting on neonicotinoids – labelling their plants or phasing-out neonics altgother
Stories, experiences and more as shared by Canada’s Friends of the Earth. Stay tuned for updates!
Take the pledge to Let It Bee! – “Let It Bee” is among the most ambitious public outreach campaigns in Friends of the Earth’s forty-year history. Stage One calls for dramatic changes in commercial landscaping and domestic gardening.
Create your Bee & Bee – learn how to support our pollinators in your own backyard
Friends of the Earth Canada ran its annual Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count from June 2016 to August 2016 in collaboration with Bumble Bee Watch.
If you’re planted your own Bee & Bee for bumble bees, you’ll want to stay tuned for new details on this citizen science campaign.