Thanksgiving & the Bees

I am sending this to keep you aware of how important bees & other pollicators are to our food supply. Whether you give or not, stay aware! Happy Thanksgiving! ellensue

What would your Thanksgiving dinner look like without pollinators?

Did you know bees are responsible for providing us more than 1/3 of the food we eat? Whether it’s pollinators like managed honey bees, or native bees like bumble bees, these species are absolutely essential to our food supply.

How would your Thanksgiving table look if we lost these vital pollinators?

No apples for the kids’ hot cider. No cranberries for your relish. No celery for your stuffing. No butternut squash or gourds to dress the table. No green beans for grandma’s casserole, and no almond slivers for a topping, either. No pumpkins for that delicious pumpkin pie, and no after-dinner coffee to go with it.

In fact, bees are responsible for pollinating nearly every fruit and vegetable we eat every day.

While this illustration may seem dramatic, the fact is that our pollinators are in real danger and their numbers have plummeted over the last few years. Why? While there are a handful of likely culprits, chief among them are rampant pesticide use and the loss of habitat and nutritious forage as a result of industrial agriculture.

Will you donate $20 to help us protect pollinators from these threats by industrial agriculture?

Vast expansions of monocultures like corn and soy are seriously threatening the health and continued existence of many pollinators. This is only worsened by the exponential use of toxic herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides, which are building up in our environment and poisoning their habitat. The state of pollinator health is an indication of our environment’s health – and right now, bees are the canary in the coal mine, sounding the alarm for bigger problems ahead.

Thankfully, with the continued support of members like you, Center for Food Safety is taking action to protect honey bees and other critical pollinators. In the last year, CFS:

  • Filed a ground-breaking lawsuit on behalf of beekeepers and CFS members like you to force U.S. regulators to suspend the use of a particularly bee-toxic class of pesticides, known as neonicotinoids;
  • Worked with Congress to introduce a landmark piece of legislation to protect our vital bees and other pollinators from pesticides – known as the Saving America’s Pollinators Act;
  • Launched the BEE Protective Campaign to protect pollinators at the local level—in city and county governments, college campuses, and backyards across the country.

While it was a successful year for CFS, it was one of the worst for honey bees, bumble bees, and other pollinators. Between the 40-100% losses reported by commercial beekeepers across the country, to the massive bumble bee kill in an Oregon parking lot (the largest ever recorded), our bees and other pollinators are in real danger, and we need your help to fight for them.

We have big plans ahead to broaden our campaign to protect pollinators like honey bees, bumble bees, and other wild bees, and even butterflies. In the next year, we’ll be launching some exciting and hard-hitting campaigns to stop the assault on our pollinators. But we won’t be able to carry out our plans without your help.

Please make a $20 donation to CFS this Thanksgiving to help us protect our critical pollinators!

P.S. – For your generous donation of $100 or more, we’ll send you a limited edition CFS 15-year anniversary tote bag and our Shopper’s Guide to Avoiding GE Foods.

Center for Food Safety
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Washington DC 20003
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