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I am a third generation backyard gardener. It was in my father’s and my grandmother’s gardens that I learned to love many insects, most especially bees. Bees, my grandma said, were our partners in the garden. Without bees, the big apple tree outside her back door could bear no fruit. Without them, there would be no harvest of the vegetables...

The evidence is mounting linking neonicotinoid pesticides and Colony Collapse Disorder. Join the public conversation and help build momentum to protect bees.Decisionmakers read the letters pages of newspapers to take a pulse on public opinion. For this reason, letters to the editor are particularly powerful ways to influence the conversation about important, emerging issues. Send a letter to papers in...

Scientific evidence continues to mount strengthening the case that neonicotinoid pesticides are indeed key drivers behind colony collapse disorder (CCD). Three new studies out in the past two weeks, including one today, add to the growing body of evidence that implicate pesticides as a critical catalyst behind drastic declines in bee population. With beekeepers continuing to lose more than one-third of...

Beekeepers frequently refer to their bees as their “girls” because all the worker bees are female. Hobby beekeepers, like myself, find it convenient to give them another name identifying a particular hive. I use the street or town from which I got the bees. My Van Gordon girls were my best colony in 2011. They produced about 90 pounds of...

Today, PAN joined beekeepers and partners Beyond Pesticides and Center for Food Safety in filing a legal petition that calls on EPA to suspend registration of Bayer’s controversial bee-toxic pesticide, clothianidin.We also delivered over a million signatures from individuals around the world — including over 20,000 PAN supporters — calling on EPA to take decisive action to protect honey bees...

The impact of pesticides on declining bee health will be a central theme of Healthy Communities: Green solutions for safe environments, the 30th National Pesticide Forum, March 30-31 at Yale University in New Haven, CT. Join researchers, authors, beekeepers, organic business leaders, elected officials, activists, and others to discuss the latest science, policy solutions, and grassroots action. Featured Bee...