Bees and other pollinators are under attack

Bees and other pollinators are under attack

Bees and other pollinators are under attack. These vital creatures are essential to our food supply, pollinating one out of every three bites. Unfortunately, bees are dying at shocking rates — with 2019 being the second worst year in decades for honeybee losses. Additionally, at risk of extinction are 40% of wild invertebrate pollinators.

A key contributor to bees’ decline is toxic pesticides. If we don’t get these chemicals out of our food system, many pollinators could disappear forever. 

The largest producer of neonicotinoids (insecticides) is Bayer. These insecticides pose one of the biggest threats to bees and other pollinators. The pesticide giant is using misleading PR to divert the public’s attention away from its contribution to the pollinator crisis.

We see through Bayer’s bee-washing efforts.

We must protect the bees! Bayer must stop selling toxic neonicotinoid pesticides!

Bayer is working hard to create an image that it cares for the environment. Its “Bee Care” website, filled with imagery of healthy bees pollinating flowers, along with other deceptive PR spin tactics, is aimed at distracting from its contribution to the pollinator crisis. If Bayer “cared” about bees, it would stop selling bee-toxic pesticides.

Core to this strategy is pushing the message that other factors — aside from its pesticides — are driving rapid bee declines. It’s funded research that claims varroa mites and habitat loss are responsible for bee die-offs, while leaving out pesticides entirely. It opened a “Bee Care Center” and even created a children’s book and curriculum for schools — all pointing attention away from its toxic products.

But Bayer’s massive spin machine is desperately trying to mask the cold, hard truth – Bayer is not a steward of bees. While pretending to care, it has worked to distract our attention and deny the overwhelming science pointing to neonicotinoids as one of the key drivers of the decline of bees and countless other species on the brink of extinction. This strategy isn’t new — it’s been used by the tobacco and fossil fuel industries to deny clear science implicating their harmful products so they can keep raking in profits, no matter the cost to people and the planet. 

Bayer needs to stop deceptive marketing to distract from its contribution to bee-declines.

Bayer’s website says: “Bees and other pollinators are facing some key challenges in much of our modern world. Protecting them is a shared responsibility for us all, and this includes the crop protection industry.”

The words from Bayer’s own website acknowledge the problem. It is time for the company to do its part to save bees and stop selling bee-killing pesticides.

Bayer is making  over a billion in profits each year selling these toxic pesticides. So it’s going to take a groundswell of grassroots pressure from people like you to convince the company to change its ways. But together, we can push the pesticide giant to stop contributing to devastating bee declines.

Demand they take action. Bayer must stop selling neonicotinoids and protect the bees.

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