Save The Bees

Scientists across the world are warning that we are in the midst of an “insect apocalypse,” due in large part to the overuse of toxic pesticides. Bees and other pollinators — responsible for one in three bites of food we eat — are among the insects in great peril. The same pesticides that threaten pollinators also harm human health.

Friends of the Earth works to eliminate use of toxic pesticides and rapidly shift to organic farming systems that are healthier for bees, butterflies, people and the planet through market change, policy advocacy, and groundbreaking science. Learn more about key pesticides of concern.

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Latest News See All
Groups Push Home Depot to Pull Cancer-linked Roundup During Annual Shareholder Meeting

Home Depot  is under renewed pressure to stop selling cancer-linked, pollinator-toxic weedkiller glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup.

CVS Announces New Policy to Reduce Pesticides in Food Supply Chain

CVS, one of the ten largest U.S. grocery retailers, has released a new pollinator health policy.

New Scorecard Reports 10 Major U.S. Food Retailers’ Progress on Protecting Bees from Toxic Pesticides

Friends of the Earth today released its latest Bee-Friendly Retailer Scorecard, ranking 25 of the largest US grocery retailers on pesticides and pollinator protection in their food and beverage supply chains.


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Featured Resources See All
  • Bayer-Monsanto Merger: Big Data, Big Agriculture, Big Problems
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  • Toxic Acres
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  • Buzz Kill: How the Pesticide Industry is Clipping the Wings of Bee Protection Efforts Across the U.S.
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  • Toxic Acres
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  • Kroger Bee Letter
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  • Organic for All: Results of the Organic Diet Biomonitoring Study
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Impact Stories See All
Banning a Brain-Damaging Pesticide
Banning a Brain-Damaging Pesticide

While the federal government prioritizes donations over decades of science, it’s more important than ever for states like New York to step up to protect public health and environment.

Keeping Pesticide Riders Out of the Farm Bill
Keeping Pesticide Riders Out of the Farm Bill

Friends of the Earth has helped lead and support these efforts, working with elected officials to protect their communities from health-damaging pesticides — most notably through our work on the 2018 Farm Bill.

Moving the Garden Industry Away From Bee-Killing Pesticides
Moving the Garden Industry Away From Bee-Killing Pesticides

Thanks to Friends of the Earth, three-quarters of the garden industry has moved away from neonics, and many major retailers have committed to stop selling plants and products treated with these bee-killing pesticides.

Latest Blog Posts See All
What Can I Do to Help the Bees?
What Can I Do to Help the Bees?

Looking for ways to help bees survive? Check out these actions you can take from home to protect our vital pollinators.

Are Bees Really Disappearing?
Are Bees Really Disappearing?

Bee populations are declining year after year, disappearing in front of our eyes. Learn which bees are most at risk & how you can help

Monarchs and Milkweed
Monarchs and Milkweed

Without milkweed, monarch butterflies would cease to exist. Unfortunately it is in short supply, which is leading to the decline of these colorful creatures.