The awesome people from Scenic South received this email from the Avaaz community

“Dear friends,

Bees are vanishing. These industrious creatures that bring us almost one out of every three bites of our food — and most wildflowers — are being sprayed with chemicals that are 6000 times more toxic than DDT! But finally the US government could take action to ban these bee-killing poisons.

Let’s make this the moment for bees!

After 10 years of lobbying, the agency that has the power to ban toxins just opened a public comment period to determine the fate of a major bee-killing chemical. But so far, the agrichemical companies are the loudest voices in the room. A massive call from this community, in partnership with beekeepers, farmers, and scientists, is urgently needed to be the voice for bees.

Our community is already winning on this in the EU. If we can get a ban in the US, it will have a global ripple effect to get rid of these chemicals. Let’s be the voice that stops the collapse of bees worldwide. Click below and tell everyone:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/save_the_bees_global_2016sam_im3/?bLwdlbb&v=71925&cl=9331819822

Neonicotinoids — the pesticides threatening bees – are a vicious neurotoxin used on 100 million acres of farmland, lawns and gardens across the US. Bees can’t avoid them because they are everywhere. They spread through soil and water, and cannot be washed off of food. A government study even found them in 29% of baby food! 

Bees are miraculous! They are responsible for almost one out of every three bites we eat, but they are vanishing under a rain of toxic pesticides. Now the US could finally ban one of the biggest bee-killing chemicals, catalyzing a global ripple effect. But without strong public support, the agrichemical lobby will block it. Join the call to save bees:

 

The US is considering action after releasing a study showing that one of the most common neonics is “very highly toxic to adult honey bees.” But without pressure the government may only limit the use of these toxins — even though low doses can be the most harmful as bees bring the poison back to their hives, threatening entire colonies. We’ve already begun by funding leading scientists and engaging stakeholders. Now is the time for millions of voices to demand the US environment agency and the White House stop the use of these dangerous chemicals altogether.

Seventy out of the world’s top 100 food crops are pollinated by bees! We would have food in a world without bees, but the vivid diversity of native plants, fruits and vegetables would be lost.

The public consultation has just opened. Join the call below to protect bees, and the foods and plants we love–and tell everyone.

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/save_the_bees_global_2016sam_im3/?bLwdlbb&v=71925&cl=9331819822

The chemical companies would like us to believe that what happens to insects has no impact on people. But in our interconnected ecosystem the death of even tiny creatures like bees ripples through us too. As Rachel Carson, who led the charge against DDT, said: “In nature nothing exists alone.” We all depend on each other. We need the bees and the bees need us.

With hope,

Nell, Dalia, Ari, Ben, Mais, Diego and the entire Avaaz team

ps. Bees are just totally amazing. They form matriarchal societies that communicate with each other by dancing … their honeycombs are the most efficient structures in nature … and their brains can actually stop aging (possibly giving us signs on how to stop dementia)! Let’s help save these incredible creatures together: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/save_the_bees_global_2016sam_im3/?bLwdlbb&v=71925&cl=9331819822

SOURCES

Neonicotinoids are the new DDT killing the natural world  (The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/georgemonbiot/2013/aug/05/neonicotinoids-ddt-pesticides-nature

Bees threatened by a common pesticide, EPA finds (LA Times)
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-pesticide-bees-20160106-story.html

The EPA Finally Admitted That the World’s Most Popular Pesticide Kills Bees—20 Years Too Late (Mother Jones)
http://m.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2016/01/epa-finds-major-pesticide-toxic-bees

EPA Study Finds Insecticide Imidacloprid Poses Threat to Bees (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-06/epa-study-finds-insecticide-imidacloprid-poses-threat-to-bees

What Is Killing America’s Bees and What Does It Mean for Us? (Rolling Stone)
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/what-is-killing-americas-bees-and-what-does-it-mean-for-us-20150818#ixzz3x4W3XznX