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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A new study published today by the academic journal Frontiers in Environmental Science finds that pesticides widely used in American agriculture pose a grave threat to organisms that are critical to healthy soil, biodiversity and soil carbon sequestration to fight climate change.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals just ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency must either disallow the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on food or find safe levels of exposure that will protect children.
Walmart (NYSE: WMT) announced a landmark pollinator health policy today, the most far reaching to date of any U.S. food retailer.
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.
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.
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.
Contact your elected officials to support S699A, in order to protect the health of the environment, pollinators, and New Yorkers.
The latest honeybee numbers are dire. 44% of bee colonies in the US were lost last year, and summer losses were the highest ever recorded. Help protect pollinators.
The Western Bumblebee is facing rapid population declines. Their situation is urgent. Help avert the extinction of these essential creatures.