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Bees & Pesticides: State of the Science

on Fri, 05/11/2012 - 00:00

This week PAN released Honey Bees and Pesticides: State of the Sciencea 22-page report on the factors behind colony collapse disorder (CCD) with a sustained focus on the particular role of pesticides. 

By collecting and presenting the findings of dozens of peer-reviewed scientific studies — including a series of damning studies published in the last year — we hope to provide concerned citizens and decisionmakers alike with a point of reference in the heated public debate over what is causing our pollinators to die off at unprecedented rates.

GE corn & sick honey bees - what's the link?

on Fri, 04/20/2012 - 20:19

No farmer in his or her right mind wants to poison pollinators. When I spoke with one Iowa corn farmer in January and told him about the upcoming release of a Purdue study confirming corn as a major neonicotinoid exposure route for bees, his face dropped with worn exasperation. He looked down for a moment, sighed and said, “You know, I held out for years on buying them GE seeds, but now I can’t get conventional seeds anymore. They just don’t carry ‘em."

This leaves us with two questions: 1) What do GE seeds have to do with neonicotinoids and bees?

Guest Blog: My petition to save the bees

on Thu, 04/12/2012 - 17:46

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 dad and grandma planted. And, dad said, even the flowers which brightened our yard were a product of our gardening partners, the bees. 

Now, the bees need our help.

As a young adult, I dreamed of having a garden of my own.

Momentum to protect bees is mounting. Write your local paper and urge action.

on Mon, 04/09/2012 - 00:00

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 your area. Make sure EPA, and others poised to decide the fate of bees, know what’s at stake. Use our simple tool to craft your letter.

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Yet MORE evidence that pesticides are key culprit in bee die-offs

on Fri, 04/06/2012 - 00:02

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 their hives each year, on average, the research is timely. Yet pesticide manufacturers like Bayer are attacking the science and attempting to delay regulatory action.

Still, even with the