The Bee Cause
The Bee Cause calls for a ban on bee harmful pesticides and practices while proposing and delivering practical ways to help bees and wild pollinators.
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 die-offs.
What are Neonicotinoids?
- Neonicotinoids (neonics) are systemic pesticides that are absorbed into plant tissues. Once applied, they spread through the entire plant, including the stems, flowers, pollen and nectar.
- Neonicotinoids can poison bees directly, and even low-level exposure can lead to sub-lethal effects such as altered learning, impaired foraging and immune suppression.
- Neonicotinoids are used on virtually 100% of corn seed, and on a large percentage of soy, wheat, and canola seed.
- Neonicotinoids are applied to crops using seed coatings, sprays, soil drenches and granules.
Neonicotinoids aren’t just used in agriculture- many plants sold at home garden centres have also been pre-treated with these bee-killing pesticides.
Unfortunately, many gardeners have no idea that they may actually be poisoning pollinators through their efforts to plant bee-friendly gardens.
The 2014 Gardener’s Beware report, released by Friends of the Earth Canada, Friends of the Earth U.S., and the Pesticide Research Institute, found that 51% of plant samples collected big box stores in 18 cities across Canada and the U.S. contained bee-killing neonicotinoids.Click here for the report, press releases and results.
What You Can Do:
- 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 altogether.
- Create A Bee Cause Space at Home – learn how to support our pollinators in your own backyard.
- Support Ontario’s Decision to Reduce Neonicotinoid Use- find out how.
- Donate - to Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause Campaign.