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Good News About Bees

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

Our fight for the honeybee.


It’s been a big week for community health, the environment and honeybees.

Earlier this week a California Court of Appeal took an important step toward reining in the use of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides.

This victory is many years in the making. Nearly a decade ago the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) acknowledged that these kinds of pesticides kill bees, yet year after year they continued to approve more and more uses for them. These toxic pesticides not only harm honeybees and other wildlife, but also put California’s multibillion-dollar agricultural economy at risk.

Chris Jordan-Bloch/Earthjustice

So three years ago, representing a coalition of environmental groups, my colleagues and I filed a lawsuit asking the DPR to stop the practice of rubber-stamping new uses for neonicotinoids without proper environmental review. And this week the court ruled in our favor!

While we should certainly take a moment to celebrate this momentous victory, know that the fight is not over. Earlier this week we filed a petition asking California’s Fish and Game Commission to ban this same group of bee-killing chemicals from the wildlife refuges and other habitats the commission manages around the state.

By allowing the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on the more than 1 million acres of California lands that it controls, the commission is putting already-threatened species at risk. We’re asking the commission to stop allowing the use of these pesticides to safeguard the long-term health and sustainability of our public lands and wildlife— including honeybees.

This is going to be another long battle, but I’m feeling energized after this week’s victory and am ready to go back to court and keep fighting. I know that with your support, we can win again.

You’ve been by our side every step of the way— thank you. You make these victories possible.


Greg Loarie
Staff Attorney

Pesticide Petition

Thursday, October 12th, 2017



Tell Scott Pruitt: Can Chlorpyrifos! | Sign the Petition


Chlorpyrifos is one of the worst pesticides around. It’s so toxic even the smallest amounts have been linked to serious children’s health concerns like lower IQs, arm tremors and structural changes in the brain! But Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and his buddies at Dow Chemical don’t seem to care.

Earlier this year, the EPA cancelled a scheduled ban on chlorpyrifos shortly after Scott Pruitt met with Dow Chemical executives. It’s clear that Scott Pruitt is only looking out for corporate profits, not public health. We need to remind him that the EPA answers to the American people, NOT the chemical industry!

EWG has joined forces with the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, the League of Conservation Voters and others to make sure Scott Pruitt and his chemical industry pals hear us loud and clear! Can we count on you to join us, Honey?

TAKE ACTION: Tell the EPA to stand up for human health, not corporate profits, and BAN chlorpyrifos!

Research has linked chlorpyrifos to a dizzying array of serious health effects, including nervous system damage, behavioral problems, autism, ADHD and lower IQs in young children whose mothers were exposed during pregnancy. In adults, low-level exposure to chlorpyrifos can cause nausea, headaches and dizziness. Farmworkers and others who experience severe exposures have suffered vomiting, muscle cramps, diarrhea, blurred vision, loss of consciousness, and even paralysis.

We know this chemical is harmful. But as long as Scott Pruitt is in charge of the EPA and in the pocket of huge chemical corporations like Dow, it’s up to grassroots activists like us to expose the EPA’s failure and force him to BAN chlorpyrifos. We know the chemical industry can be ruthless when challenged, but EWG has never been afraid of a fight.

Can we count on you stand up to the chemical industry with us and fight to ban chlorpyrifos?

Click here to tell the EPA to protect people, not chemical industry profits. It’s time for Scott Pruitt to do the right thing and BAN the hazardous pesticide chlorpyrifos!

– EWG Action Alert