Bee Action

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.

  • Food & Agriculture Tell Kroger to stop selling food grown with toxic pesticides!
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  • Food & Agriculture Tell Congress to ban bee-killing pesticides!
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New Scorecard Ranks Top Food Retailers on Bee-friendly Policies

Major U.S. food retailer, Giant Eagle, released a groundbreaking new policy making the company the only top retailer to make a clear commitment to reduce toxic pesticide use, according to a new Bee-Friendly Retailer Scorecard released today by Friends of the Earth.

Over 157,000 Consumers Call on Home Depot and Lowe’s to End Sales of Cancer-Linked Roundup

Home and garden stores can make a significant difference in reducing the use of this toxic product

Over 65 Organizations Call on Home Depot and Lowe’s to End Sales of Cancer-linked Roundup

Home and garden stores can make a significant difference in reducing the use of this toxic product.


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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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Pollinators need your help before it’s too late
Pollinators need your help before it’s too late

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.

We can and must save our pollinators from extinction
We can and must save our pollinators from extinction

The Western Bumblebee is facing rapid population declines. Their situation is urgent. Help avert the extinction of these essential creatures.

Only 29,000 western monarch butterflies were found in California this year – down from millions.
Only 29,000 western monarch butterflies were found in California this year – down from millions.

The numbers are in. Only 29,000 western monarch butterflies were found in California this year – down from millions. Help Friends of the Earth protect pollinators.