Save Our Bees

One out of every three bites of food we take relies on bees for pollination. Of 100 major crops, 70 are pollinated by bees—including apples, cucumbers, broccoli, onions, pumpkins, avocados, almonds, and so many more.

But America's bees are in crisis. These critical pollinators are dying at some of the highest rates ever recorded—a whopping 42 percent of U.S. bee colonies collapsed in 2015, well above the average 31 percent that have been dying each winter for nearly a decade. Their devastating decline is due in large part to the skyrocketing use of dangerous pesticides called neonicotinoids, or neonics, unleashed by multinational chemical giants like Bayer, Monsanto, and Syngenta.

Bees are also suffering from the loss of wildflower habitat, rapidly spreading diseases, and climate change. As a result, our hardworking pollinators are stressed out and even more susceptible to pesticide poisoning—and the future of America's food supply is left hanging in the balance.

Neonics are the most heavily used class of insecticides in the United States, applied to an estimated 150 million acres each year. NRDC is urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set strong, science-based limits on the use of these chemicals on farms across the country, but the agency's review process has stalled.

Meanwhile, bees can't wait. Even as we campaign in Washington, D.C., for a ban on neonics, it's critical that the agrochemical giants—including Bayer, the world's largest neonics manufacturer—pull these bee-killing pesticides from the U.S. market and save bees. Our planet—and our food supply—depends on it.

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Fact Sheet: Busy as a Bee

Bee deaths, pesticides, and a stalled regulatory system are making it harder for pollinators to put food on the table.

Bumbling Toward Extinction

The bumblebee's plight isn't just about chemicals. Rising temperatures are shrinking its habitat.

A World Without Bees

What are our chances of surviving without these prodigious pollinators?

Bayer, the German aspirin maker, is also the world's no. 1 maker of bee-killing neonic pesticides. Urge the company's CEO to pull his bee-toxic chemicals from the U.S. market—and save America's bee colonies from devastating collapse.

Help save bees! Urge Bayer's CEO to stop selling bee-killing pesticides in the U.S.

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