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Pesticides & the silencing of the bees

on Wed, 09/12/2012 - 23:06

This month marks the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, the book that galvanized an extraordinary cross-section of the American public into what we now call the environmental movement. Fifty years later, her courage, skill and sacrifice still inspire, and her legacy remains the contested terrain of some of our country’s most disabling rituals of political partisanship.

Bees need EPA to stop stalling. Now.

on Sat, 08/18/2012 - 15:27

Between now and September 25th we have an opportunity to respond to EPA’s recent decision that pollinator declines don’t present an imminent hazard.

Join us in telling EPA that bee die-offs are an emergency requiring immediate action – and 2018 is much too late!

Keeping a bee-toxic pesticide (clothianidin) on the market illegally, despite the absence of valid science supporting its registration is unacceptable.

Help communicate this messages as clearly as possible to EPA: Bees need protection right now. Stop stalling.Take Action

Guest Blog: Teaching pollinator importance

on Thu, 07/26/2012 - 00:00

This summer, I did a project for my Girl Scout Gold award focused on the importance of bees and bats and what we can do to help them. I chose these two creatures because they are both facing serious threats to their survival, are very important to the ecosystem, and are misunderstood and feared by many. For my project I taught a week long class about bees and bats at the middle school summer youth enrichment program.There were approximately 30 kids in the program. 

I started off by teaching them basic information about bees such as the parts of a bee, different kinds of bees, hive

EPA sidesteps chance to protect bees

on Tue, 07/24/2012 - 17:32

All too often, the rules of pesticide regulation are cumbersome and make for slow change. But EPA had an opportunity to take swift, decisive action to protect bees — and they let it pass. 

Today, the agency announced it is denying the request by beekeepers to declare Bayer's pesticide, clothianidin, an "imminent hazard" to bees and will not be suspending the chemical's use.  

The decision comes in response to a legal petition filed earlier this year by twenty-five beekeepers and environmental organizations, citing acute and chronic bee kills across the country linked to neonicotinoid

Bee die-offs are an emergency.

on Mon, 06/25/2012 - 05:09

In March, PAN and Beyond Pesticides joined partners and beekeepers from around the country in filing a legal petition with EPA, calling on the agency to make use of its emergency powers to protect bees from Bayer's pesticide clothianidin. Sources tell us that in the next two weeks, EPA will decide whether or not bees dying off at unprecedented rates constitutes an “imminent hazard.”

Since the wholesale decline of bees and other pollinators is most certainly an imminent hazard requiring emergency intervention, we want to be sure that EPA knows what's at stake and knows we are watching.