When I moved to Roswell in 1995, bees were buzzing in the clover in our backyard. But no more!
Last summer I hung a feeder filled with sugar water for butterflies. Within 24 hours it was covered with honeybees desperately trying to drink the sugar water. I went online to see what I could feed bees since they obviously were hungry. What I found were lots of articles about their demise.
An April email from The Sovereign Investor stated that reports from NBC News and the New York Times talked about the $15 billion impact on agriculture the U.S. Department of Agriculture said it would cost without bees to pollinate crops.
A recent Time magazine cover read “A World Without Bees: The Price We’ll Pay If We Don’t Figure Out What’s Killing the Honeybee,” saying there is widespread collapse worldwide with millions of bees dying. Causes include the lethal effect of pesticides, especially those called neonicotinoids. The Environmental Protection Agency just approved another pesticide called Sulfoxaflor, also shown to be highly toxic to bees.
Most upsetting was an Aug. 14 PR Newswire article reporting many of the plants we buy at Home Depot, Lowe’s and other garden centers to attract and feed bees have been pre-treated with pesticides shown to kill bees, according to Friends of the Earth and the Pesticide Research Institute.
Europe has banned neonicotinoids for two years until studied further. We should do the same.
If you agree, call your Congressman and ask him to support the Saving America’s Pollinators Act of 2013 sponsored by U.S. Reps. John Conyers Jr., D-Michigan, and Earl Bluemenauer, D-Oregon, requiring the EPA to suspend the use of certain pesticides for two years.
Nancy Hart Battaglia