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Jeff Bezos and Amazon Can Help Save the Bees - So What Are They Waiting For?

By now, most people know that populations of bees, butterflies and other pollinators are declining everywhere, at rates so precipitous that the stability of the global food supply is considered to be under threat.

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America's Largest Traditional Supermarket Chain Is Fine With Killing Bees

More and more consumers are choosing to go organic when it comes to the food and products they buy. The science is clear that organic is better for our health, our families and our communities. But going organic can also help an essential part of our food systems: bees and other pollinators.

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Neonics Harm Bees, Poison Drinking Water and Don't Improve Crop Yield: Why Aren't We Banning Them?

It’s no secret that neonicotinoids can harm bees and other insects—they’re designed to kill pests, after all. But an increasing body of evidence is uncovering just how serious an impact these pesticides are having on the environment.

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Half of Total Decline in Wild Bees Across U.K. Linked to Neonic Pesticides

Decline of wild bee populations is linked to the use of toxic, systemic neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides used on oilseed rape (canola), according to new research done by a team of scientists at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in the United Kingdom. In addition to corn and soybeans, canola is one of the main crops treated with neonicotinoids worldwide. Neonic pesticides have long been identified as a major culprit in bee decline by independent scientists and beekeepers, yet chemical manufacturers like Bayer and Syngenta have focused on other issues such as the varroa mite. As Beyond Pesticides put it in the spring 2014 issue of Pesticides and You, the issue of pollinator decline is No Longer a Big Mystery, and urgent action is needed now to protect pollinators from these toxic pesticides.

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Is Your Popcorn Killing Bees?

It’s no secret that bees and other pollinators are facing a crisis. The "bee-pocalypse" and the "plight of the honey bee" headlines are hard to miss these days. This awareness is a good thing, because pollinator declines are a real problem. What is less talked about is the fact that one of the biggest threats to bees right now are pesticide-coated seeds.

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Millions of Dead Bees Dropped Off at EPA (Video)

A truck filled with millions of dead bees parked in front of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C. Wednesday afternoon, marking the final stop of a cross-country tour to raise awareness about the gloomy future the world faces if the EPA does not ban bee-killing pesticides immediately.

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A Bayer and Monsanto Merger Would Be Disastrous for Humans and the Environment

When we think about seeds, the images we most often conjure are simple, comforting and tangible – planting vegetable and flower gardens in the spring, spitting watermelon seeds on a hot summer day, toasting pumpkin seeds after carving jack-o-lanterns in the fall, feeding bright cardinals in the winter. Seeds are for all seasons. What most of us don’t think about are unsettling things like toxic pesticides, pollinator decline and the illegalization of seed-saving. Unfortunately, these are all prominent features of agriculture in America today. And this has a lot to do with the enormous global corporations that have gained control of the world’s seeds, the source of our food supply and the indispensable basis of all agriculture.

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For the First Time Ever, a U.S. Food Company Commits to Phasing Out Bee-Killing Seed Coatings

Pop Weaver, the second largest popcorn supplier in the country, has taken a bold step toward removing bee-toxic insecticides from its popcorn supply. Earlier this month, CFS launched a campaign urging the company to phase out the use of neonicotinoid seed coatings. In an announcement last week on its website and Facebook page, Pop Weaver committed to “removing 50% of its neonicotinoids usage in 2016, 75% in 2017, with a long-term commitment of further reducing usage by working with agricultural universities and those companies supplying neonicotinoids to the seed industry.”

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Landmark Study Finds Queen Honeybees Harmed by Controversial Pesticides

The first study to investigate the effects of neonicotinoid insecticides on honey bee queens finds that these chemicals may contribute to bee colony mortality by affecting queen health. It strengthens calls for more thorough environmental risk assessments of these widely used pesticides to protect bees.

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Honeybees Are Facing a Global Threat, and If They Go, So Do We

“There is one masterpiece, the hexagonal cell, that touches perfection. No living creature, not even man, has achieved, in the centre of his sphere, what the bee has achieved in her own: and were some one from another world to descend and ask of the earth the most perfect creation of the logic of life, we should needs have to offer the humble comb of honey.” — Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee, 1924

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Why Is Burt's Bees Buddies With Bee-Killing Megacorps?

On August 27, Organic Consumers Association (OCA) published an action alert urging consumers to ask Burt’s Bees to cut ties with the corporations that make neonicotinoid pesticides. Neonics are a class of pesticides implicated in the mass die-off of honeybees.

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