Organic Consumers Association

TAKE ACTION: Save the Bees! Ban Neonics!

bee gathering pollen on a flowerVictory for bees in Europe! As reported in the Guardian, the world’s most widely used insecticides will be banned from all fields in the E.U. within six months to protect both wild and commercially raised honeybees that are vital to crop pollination.

The neonicotinoid insecticides now banned in the E.U are sold by Bayer and Syngenta and used by Monsanto to coat its genetically engineered seeds. They are the cause of the massive bee die-offs that commercial beekeepers in the U.S. reported this year—and every year since 2006.

Take Action to Ban Neonics in the U.S.! Fill in the form on this page to sign our petition or text BEE to 97779.

“If we lose the insects then everything is going to collapse.”

That is the urgent warning of Dr. David Goulson of Sussex University, UK, one of the scientists behind a study showing a “horrific decline” in the flying insect populations of Germany’s nature reserves. Seventy-five percent of the insects in those areas have disappeared in the past 25 years.

Ultimately, the collapse of insect populations foretells what Goulson described as “ecological Armageddon.”

In the near term, we have enough to worry about with losses among the insects we need most, the pollinators we rely on for 35 percent of global crop production and U.S. crops worth more than $15 billion a year.

In 2009, a group of European scientists convened amid growing concern about the rapid decline in insect populations. They investigated all the possible causes of the decline and concluded that neonicotinoid insecticides might be one of the main causes. They formed the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides, reviewed all 1,121 published peer-reviewed studies on neonics, as well as data from Bayer and Syngenta, and in 2015, published the Worldwide Integrated Assessment of the Impact of Systemic Pesticides on Biodiversity and Ecosystems. (The findings are summarized in the LinkTV documentary, “Neonicotinoids: The New DDT?”) 

In 2017, the task force updated its review with hundreds more studies. The findings are grim, indicating that it won’t be easy to reverse the impacts of neonics now that they have saturated the environment:

•    Neonics contaminate surface waters at levels harmful to aquatic insects and have been found in treated drinking water
•    Neonic pollution is so pervasive that “pollinator strips” planted to provide refuge for bees are contaminated.
•    Neonic contamination of honey has persisted since the European Union moratorium went into effect in 2013.
•    Chronic exposure to very low levels of neonics can cause a “delayed mortality” effect where insects do not die immediately but start dying in large numbers over time.
•    Insect-eating birds can’t survive without insects to eat and neither can other insectivorous animals such as shrews, lizards, and frogs.
•    Birds are dying from ingesting neonic-treated seeds.

It won’t be easy to get neonics off the market. Neonics are the most widely used insecticides in the world, representing 40 percent of the market and $2.63 billion in sales.

Take Action to Ban Neonics!

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Number Date Name Comments
43664 1 hour ago Rose Rawson Seeing fewer bees than ever in my organic garden. So sad! What will we do if they are all killed? We'll have nothing to eat!
43663 1 day ago Diane Smith
43662 3 days ago Noel Stoll Ban Neonics.
43661 3 days ago Daurie Pollitto Ban Neonics.
43660 3 days ago Nancy Pollitto Ban Neonics.
43659 3 days ago Robert Pollitto
43658 4 days ago Anonymous
43657 5 days ago Stephanie Heljenek
43656 5 days ago Donna Sheinbach No more protection and assistance for GMO seeds. The problem is only going to keep getting worse.
43655 5 days ago Anonymous If we lose the insects then everything is going to collapse.Seventy-five percent of the insects in those areas have disappeared in the past 25 years.
43654 5 days ago Sharon Starr
43653 6 days ago Ann Klinefelter
43652 6 days ago Denise Turner
43651 6 days ago robin blier
43650 7 days ago Jennifer Wilton W/O Bees ...well wheres the land of Milk and Honey? I miss the fluffy bumblees ...
43649 1 week ago Autumn Burns
43648 1 week ago Autumn Burns
43647 1 week ago Kelly Rogers
43646 1 week ago Leslie Limberg
43645 1 week ago jane Diamond We depend on bees for life as we know it - they are the base of our food chain.
43644 1 week ago Patricia Kelly
43643 1 week ago Miia Suuronen
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43641 1 week ago Betty Alexander
43640 1 week ago Laura Stupin
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