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 itâ€™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 kidsâ€™ 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 grandmaâ€™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.
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 environmentâ€™s health â€“ 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:
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, weâ€™ll be launching some exciting and hard-hitting campaigns to stop the assault on our pollinators. But we wonâ€™t be able to carry out our plans without your help.
P.S. â€“ For your generous donation of $100 or more, weâ€™ll send you a limited edition CFS 15-year anniversary tote bag and our Shopperâ€™s Guide to Avoiding GE Foods.