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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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.

EPA Bans Brain-Damaging Chlorpyrifos in Food

President Biden’s EPA is finally reversing one of many horrific Trump administration actions that prioritized pesticide industry profits over our health and environment.

124 Organizations Demand Home Depot, Lowe’s Immediately Pull Cancer-Linked Weedkiller

124 consumer, health, and environmental groups sent letters today calling on Lowe’s and Home Depot  to immediately end the sale of Roundup.


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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.

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The human cost of a perfect lawn
The human cost of a perfect lawn

Every year, 80 million pounds of pesticides are used on U.S. lawns to maintain attractive, lush greenery. In many cities across the country, Latinx immigrant workers are the primary labor force responsible for lawn care.

Reasons Why Bees Are Dying
Reasons Why Bees Are Dying

Explore the main four reasons why bees are dying and how you can help save our vital pollinators.

Meijer, Target and Dollar Tree release new policies to help save the bees from toxic pesticides 
Meijer, Target and Dollar Tree release new policies to help save the bees from toxic pesticides 

Some food retailers are paying attention and beginning to step up to address the routine and unnecessary use of toxic pesticides in their supply chains.