One of every three bites of food we eat is from a crop pollinated by honey bees. Yet, over the past decade, we have witnessed an alarming decline in honey bee populations around the world. Commercial beekeepers lost an average of 36% of their hives in 2011 according to U.S.D.A. More recently, beekeepers have reported average annual losses of 40-50%, with some as high as 100%.
Recently, a number of scientific studies have linked bee declines to pesticide use, illustrating the overwhelming effects that toxic chemicals are having not just on honey bees, but also on native bees and other critical beneficial insects. Even though Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Sweden have taken action to restrict the use of certain pesticides devastating our pollinator species, our environment, and our future food security, the U.S. still allows their unrestricted use.
Download this factsheet to learn more about the threat to honey bees and other pollinators, and what you can do to help.