In the next week, the EPA is expected to issue a decision on the pesticide Clothianidin — which scientists believe is a major factor in the alarming decline in U.S honey bee populations, known as Colony Collapse Disorder. Since 2006, one third of U.S honey bee populations have been dying off. One third. Every year. That’s a terrible rate of species destruction on its own, but it’s also a serious threat to our food supply. Honey bees play a crucial role by pollinating 71 of the 100 most common crops, which account for 90% of the world’s food supply.1
My father was a beekeeper, and so I have had first-hand experience with beekeeping. We have become a nation of chemicals and pesticides. Enough is enough. Ban pesticides that kill bees, and let’s get real: Pesticides are NOT “safe” for human consumption in ANY amount (“safe” is relative).