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Take Action NOW to Help Save the Bees, and Our Food Supply

New report reveals bee-killing pesticides hiding in “bee-friendly” garden plants

Our just released report has found bee-killing pesticides in more than half of the “bee-friendly” home garden plants sold at stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s -- with no warning to consumers.

Help us put Home Depot's CEO Frank Blake and Lowe’s CEO Robert Niblock on notice.
Sign Your Electronic Letter Here: http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KE...
Write to them now, insisting that they stop selling plants laced with bee-killing pesticides immediately and pull all bee-killing poisons from their shelves.

The global bee die-off keeps getting worse: 50,000 bumble bees found dead in a Target parking lot in Portland, 37 million bees dead on one farm in Ontario, beekeepers across the country losing up to 90 percent of their bees last winter.
Please join us in asking the CEOs of Lowe’s and Home Depot, Robert Niblock and Frank Blake, to give bees a chance and stop selling bee-killing pesticides.

Sign Your Electronic Letter Here: http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14141
Dear CEOs, A growing body of science has implicated neonicotinoids (neonics), the world’s most widely used pesticide, as a key factor in recent global bee die-offs. Unfortunately, many of the “bee-friendly” seedlings and plants sold to unsuspecting consumers in your stores have been pre-treated with neonicotinoids at much higher doses than are used on farms, where levels of neonicotinoid use are already raising concerns among beekeepers and scientists. Because there is no clear labeling to indicate the presence of neonics in nursery plants, customers like me may unknowingly purchase pre-treated “bee-friendly” plants with the intent of providing habitats for bees and other pollinators, but end up causing them harm. Obviously, this situation does not benefit bees, customers like me, or my trust in you as a retailer. The EU has suspended popular neonics and a majority of the UK’s largest home improvement retailers, including Homebase, B&Q and Wickes, have made public commitments to no longer sell products containing pesticides linked to declining bee populations. As a concerned customer I ask that you show similar leadership and commit to not sell neonicotinoid pesticides, as well as plants pretreated with these pesticides to protect honey bees and other pollinators essential to our food supply and the environment.
Sincerely,
http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KE...

Video: Tests Tie Bee Die-Offs to Pretreated Plants Sold at Garden Centers
There are about 100 crop species that provide 90 percent of food globally and, of these, 71 are pollinated by bees. In the US alone, a full one-third of the food supply depends on pollination from bees. I mention this to stress the full ramifications of bee die-offs, which continue unabated.

Last winter, beekeepers across the US reported losing anywhere from 40 percent to 90 percent of their hives, and many of the 6,000 almond orchard owners in California could not find enough bees to pollinate their almond trees, at any price, this year.
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/09/0...

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My friend is a botanist.

I'm going to have him take a look at this report.

I have a fairly large garden

I have a fairly large garden and dont use any insecticides or fertilizers. I am not sure where the nest is but we have hundreds of bees swarming our garden every day, they especially like our zuccini and sunflowers. Its funny to see them wallow happily in the deep zuccini flowers like a hot tub haha. We also have a gang of hummingbirds, butterflies and other cool creatures.

The bees dissapearing is a biproduct of our failed industrial monoculutre farming system. If we all grew organic gardens for ourselves and communities we will have more than enough bees around.

The trick is to create a self contained ecosystem which keeps the bad bugs in check. I have patrolling lady bugs and wasp death sqauds that keep the pests at bay. Even a good amount of snakes to eat the horrible grasshoppers (locusts).

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

that's awesome

the way it should be done.

bees travel up to 3 miles

so the bees in your garden could be from a hive a couple of miles away

“With laws shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.”
-Njal Thorgeirsson

Signed, and a bump for taking the right approach

petition the companies, don't increase regulation.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
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done

and a forward as well to others

Went to Kaui, Hawaii recently

plenty of Bees everywhere, because they don't use pesticides. They are about to ban GMO's from the island.

While hiking through a trail, you can stop and listen and just hear the buzz of bees everywhere, it was incredible.

I don't know nuthin' about birthin' no bees.

But. I have read quite recently that corn starch is the culprit. Bees can't digest it and if they get into sweet stuff that has corn starch to keep it powdery and not sticking together; it kills the bees.

I don't like insecticide any more than the next guy, but it would be nice to work on the right solution.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty" TJ

Please Cite Your Reference

I have read that powdered sugar, which uses small amounts of corn starch as an anti-caking agent, is used by some bee keepers as an organic treatment to control varroa mites, but I am not making the connection as to how that explains the massive die offs in the last decade, nor have I found any reference that it does. (Maybe I missed the article in my search.) Some bee keepers go so far as to state there is not enough cornstarch in the powdered sugar to harm the bees and have used this method with some measure of success to eradicate the mite infestations.

My research to date has led me to conclude that pesticides are causing the problem. Which makes logical sense when you consider how they are applied. The cornstarch approach just doesn't seem logical as the cause and I want to know more. Where are the bees getting into enough cornstarch to cause the world wide massive die offs? How is this occurring? This is a hugely important issue (if there is no food all other issues become a mute point) and would greatly appreciate reading the article you reference.

If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle

related

pesticides are also killing off moths and butterflies as well.

Back in the day you could drive your car at night and the windshield would have dozens of them on the windshield, today nothing.

Doesn't seem like a big thing until you realize that so many birds rely on moths, insects etc. for food and they are dying off as well. Everythjng is Definately interconnected, Monsanto and other giant Agri businesses are control freaks, they hate pollinating insects, they only want their patented self pollinating crops to be sold, they don't want others to grow crops and if they can wipe out bees, then unless you have a self pollinating crop from Monsanto, you'll starve.