For Immediate Release

Organization Profile: 
Contact: 

Tiffany Finck-Haynes, (202) 222-0715, tfinckhaynes@foe.org, Patrick Davis, (202) 222-0744, pdavis@foe.org

Honeybee Death Survey Masks True Scale of Pollinator Crisis

Trump administration putting pesticide profits ahead of bees.

WASHINGTON - The Bee Informed Partnership today released results of its annual survey of honeybee colony losses. Beekeepers reported 40.1 percent bee colony losses between April 2017 and April 2018. However, these numbers only represent 6.6 percent of the nation’s honeybee colonies and do not account for losses of native or solitary bees.

Thousands of scientific studies conclude that pesticides are a key factor in widespread declines in wild and domesticated bee populations. The European Union recently voted to ban the use of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides on outdoor crops. Yet in the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency has delayed regulatory action on most uses of neonicotinoids until mid-2018, despite its own assessment that these pesticides pose far-reaching risks to birds, aquatic invertebrates and bees that threaten vital crops.

“These dire honeybee numbers add to the consistent pattern of unsustainable bee losses in recent years that threatens our food system, but they are the tip of the iceberg,” said Tiffany Finck-Haynes, senior food futures campaigner with Friends of the Earth. “Beekeepers and our native and solitary bees are suffering above-average losses that are not accurately captured in this survey. The Trump administration and Scott Pruitt’s EPA are doing the bidding of the pesticide industry, ignoring overwhelming science on the need to restrict bee-toxic pesticides, while bees face an uphill battle for survival.”

###

This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Don't Exist.

Friends of the Earth is the U.S. voice of the world's largest grassroots environmental network, with member groups in 77 countries. Since 1969, Friends of the Earth has fought to create a more healthy, just world.

Share This Article