Please help us continue to educate the public about colony collapse disorder and organic farming, gardening, beekeeping and lawn care to prevent honeybee die-off. Please donate to the Global Regeneration Project. Your donation can make a difference
We want to create a worldwide network of people working to Save the Bees. We have a small email group of people who are helping to promote the message in “A Spring Without Bees” Let’s take action to get the truth out about CCD and honey bee die-offs and to work on solutions.
Tell us what you are doing, give us links to other groups that are working on colony collapse disorder, banning of pesticides, and creating organic project.
Priority Action: Tell the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack about “A Spring Without Bees” and encourage him to allocate the millions of dollars allocated in 2008 to solve CCD, to focus on funding of organic alternatives and sustainable methods for bee management and agriculture. Then urge him to join us in calling for a suspension or ban of neonicotinoid and other neurotoxic pesticides.
Write letters to your local newspapers. Give a talk at your local library or garden club. Talk to Plant Nursery owners about the pesticides they offer for sale. Give a talk at your school.
Here are 8 main points:
- As of 2009, several European countries–France, Germany, Spain and Italy amoung them, have now suspended or banned IMD and others neonicotinoid pesticides like clothianidin, based upon their scientific data and a clear link to massive bee die-offs and CCD.
- U.S. States not using IMD have NO reports of CCD.
- Thousands of organic farms and beekeepers report they have NO CCD.
- In locations in Europe where the pesticides are banned for agriculture and are not being used in lawns or parks, the bees have returned, though it takes several years because toxic residue in the soil takes years to dissipate.
- The manufacturer’s test data is invalid because it does not take into account conditions in the field such as: toxic accumulation over time, even more dangerous and poisonous combinations with other chemicals in the field, the toxic impact upon bee immunity to viruses and other illness that cause massive die-offs and hive loss.
- IMD breaksdown into metabolites that are many times more toxic than IMD. These chemicals remain in the soil and waterways to harm and kill beneficial insects, earthworms, birds, bats, butterflies and aquatic life–all essential to the health of the environment.
- Exposure to the chemicals could be even higher in residenual areas, public places and parks than in agriculture. Unlike aricultural productswihc require strict warnings, precautions and guidelines for application, lawn and turf chemicals have no such restrictions, guidelines or required labeling.
- Even though the chemical’s main components, chlorine and nicotine, are known to be poisonous to humans with links to cancer and learning disorders, mandatory testing for dangers to young children and pregnant women was circumvented and never done. The active ingredients in flea sprays and collers and termite extermination chemicals are similiar to IMD.
Save the Bee Keepers! Send this proposal to your Senator or Congress person.
The Apiary Disaster Recovery Act
by Michael David Schacker
This legislation is to be included as part of the Emergency Economic Stimulus package.
Apiaries have been hit in a second wave of losses due to Colony Collapse Disorder, in the range of 20% to 80% beyond usual winter die off. This means that many commercial apiaries, responsible for helping to pollinate $15 billion worth of agriculture, will soon be going out of business, never to return to beekeeping. Most borrowed heavily to recover from last year’s losses, now they have been hit hard again, perhaps worse than last time.
There may not be enough bees this year for early spring pollination in California, although with this financial aid package, credit could be immediately restored and the later Spring crops more fully pollinated as the colonies build rapidly back up. A dramatic decline in pollination for that much agriculture at this time would greatly worsen the recession, besides causing a domino effect of many other crises, including skyrocketing fruit, nut and vegetable prices, restaurant bankruptcies and perhaps even shortages of certain foods. Middle and lower class families would be hit very hard by the rise in prices.
Ontario, Canada, recognized that apiaries there needed economic help and began a relief program. This legislation, estimated to cost $___ million per year for the 1200 larger commercial beekeeping operations, is based upon the successful Canadian plan which has kept beekeepers and growers in business. Given the state of the honeybee disaster, there would be no cap. The apiaries must be supported until the answer to the problem is found.
After a nominal rate of 15% for normal winter die-off, beekeepers with 125 hives or more shall receive $100 a hive for every dead colony claimed. Death of the colony can be from any cause. The money can used only to purchase new colonies and recover.
Apiaries must file for losses under the ADRA at their local County Office of the Farm Services Agency as they would for drought relief checks. Apiaries must fill out the new ARDA forms, detailing the number of hives, the number lost for the last two years, minus 15%. This act will reimburse for losses after October 2006 and renew annually until the Colony Collapse Disorder crisis is deemed over by the USDA.
Go to Natural Resources Defense Council to send Agriculture Secretary Mr. Vilsack an urgent message. Please write your own message in the form or copy and paste the points above. http://www.nrdconline.org/campaign/nrdcaction_072408
UPDATE January 2011:
This from Organic Consumers:
Ask Tom Vilsack, Secretary of agriculture and Lisa P. Jackson, administrator to ban Imidacloprid. Here is this link: http://capwiz.com/grassrootsnetroots/utr/2/?a=22033501&i=104525628&c=
Please tell all your friends and family to participate in this effort. Thank you!
UPDATE – January 2011: AVAAS Petition to STOP pesticides from Killing the Bees is gaining! Sign it NOW!
Wow! Over the weekend half a million of us have signed to save bees. Let’s get to a million for the ban — sign now, then send this to everyone.
Dear friends across the U.S.,