Why Do We Need Bees? #BeeTheChange
To raise awareness of the importance of our pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN designated 20th May as World Bee Day.
This World Bee Day, we launched the Bee The Change fund, in partnership with Milkywire. This fund aims to protect and preserve vulnerable and endangered bee species across the world.
But why are neonics so bad?
They are particularly dangerous because, unlike other types of pesticides, they can take months or years to wear off. Neonics are also worse because they are dissolved and absorbed into the crop, leaving the entire plant (from leaves to nectar and pollen) affected by the pesticide.
And what’s the good news?
As you may know, bees are an essential part of the agricultural system, they pollinate 70 out of 100 crops. The EU banned the most dangerous neonics in 2018, after finding the class of pesticides posed a serious danger to bees.
But in the US, progress has been slower than many beekeepers would like. Most recently, the EPA banned 12 types of neonics - a step in the right direction, but more global action is required in order to save these important little creatures.