Why do we need to save the bees?

Millions of bees are dying off across the country with alarming consequences for the environment and our food supply. While a number of factors are contributing to the bee die-off, a key one is the increased use of a class of bee-killing pesticides called neonicotinoids, or neonics.

Numerous independent studies, including a 2016 EPA study, confirm neonics are harmful to bees. Neonic use has increased dramatically over the past decade. For example, neonicotinoid pesticide use on corn has increased from 30% to nearly 80% since 2000. 

Without bees, major sources of food, including a wide assortment of fruits and vegetables and even coffee and chocolate, would be lost. In addition, because bees pollinate alfalfa eaten by dairy cows -- many of our milk products could be lost.

And without bees, we would lose honey. In 2014, honey production from beekeepers who kept five or more colonies totaled 178 million pounds –- that’s a lot of honey! It’s hard to understate the impact on the restaurant industry if we don’t save the bees.

What does the Bee Friendly Food Alliance do?

The alliance keeps chefs, restaurant owners, and others in the food industry updated on the problems facing bees. It also provides opportunities to take action and educate customers about bees. Earlier this year, 235 chefs and restaurateurs sent a letter calling on the EPA to ban bee-killing pesticides.

Another way to get involved is to put the Bee Friendly Food Alliance logo in your restaurant's window or on the menu to show support for protecting bees. 

We're working to save the bees 

We’re educating and engaging tens of thousands of Americans through our No Bees, No Food campaign. Take a look at our work here

Issue updates

News Release | Environment California

Statement: Assembly Environment Committee Passes Legislation To Limit Bee-Killing Neonics Pesticide

The California Assembly Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials Committee passed legislation (AB 2146) by a 6:2 vote this afternoon to ban most non-agricultural uses of the neonicotinoid class of pesticides, commonly known as neonics.

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The American bumblebee is on the decline | Carson Kahoe

In the past two decades, American bumblebee populations have dropped by 90%. If the decline of bees like this native pollinator isn't halted, plants and ecosystems across the country will suffer.

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Report | Environment California Research and Policy Center

How bees make the holidays better

As family and friends gather this holiday season, it’s important to reflect on the many contributions bees make to hearty end-of-year feasts and thriving ecosystems. Bees face a number of challenges and many bee species are in decline, despite their important role in nature. In this fact sheet, we review not only the many dishes that rely on bees, but also ways you can help save these vital pollinators.

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Meet the bees we’re working to save | Mary Katherine Moore

Bees of all kinds are facing a triple threat of pesticides, habitat loss and climate change. As we work to save them, let’s get to know them a little better.

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Report | Environment California

Environment California Legislative Agenda for 2021

Here is Environment California's Legislative Agenda for the 2021 session. 

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