Save the bees street art in London, England, used to raise awareness of colony collapse disorder and pernicious neonicotinoid biocides.
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If you’ve ever seen the animated Bee Movie starring Jerry Seinfeld, you’d know that bees are critical to our food supply. Bees are a key part of many ecosystems and play an essential role in pollinating many of our crops. In the U.S., bees are dying at an alarming rate. In 2015 alone, 44% of bees died, which is a trend that's increasing considering 40% of American bees died in 2014.
So why are so many bees dying? What’s changed? Increases in the use of pesticides has had devastating effects on the American bee population. Bees are struggling to survive among toxic pesticides known as "neonics" used by large-scale farms. Despite many studies showing the impact of neonics on bees, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) still continues to allow farmers to use neonic products. This is a great injustice for the bees and our environment.
Under pressure from a Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) lawsuit, the Trump administration restored endangered species protections to the rusty patched bumble bee. There has also been progress with major retailers, such as Home Depot and Lowe's, who have committed to phasing out neonic products from their stores.
— Ian Brown (@ianbodgerbrown) October 31, 2017