Spring's going to be a lot quieter this year. Something is killing off
almost 40% of North American honeybees each year, and it's threatening our
entire food chain. Mounting scientific evidence suggests agricultural
pesticides are one of the culprits.
The Environmental Protection Agency has the power to investigate and ban the
pesticides thought to be responsible but, despite their own scientists'
advice and under pressure from pesticides companies, they're dragging their
Much of the plant-life we depend on for food exists thanks to honeybees. Now
the bees are depending on us to return the favor.
Click here to sign our petition calling on the EPA to solve the mystery
that's killing our buzz.
Bees don't just make honey: from apples to lemons, much of the food we eat
may disappear with the bees. Even milk and beef production could be
threatened: guess what makes the plants that feed the cows? Our friend the
What's more, bees add $15 billion to the annual US economy, and their loss
will have a devastating impact on food production and food prices. But the
EPA is under pressure to do nothing about it from pesticide companies and
the pesticide 'scientists' those companies bankroll.
The EPA has already acknowledged it should look into the causes of "Colony
Collapse Disorder". We need to counter the pesticide lobby's pressure and
hold the EPA to that commitment, by
sending them a message they can't ignore.
Everyone stands to lose with the threat to our food chain known as CCD.
That's why everyone needs to stand together to counter the pressure the EPA
is under not to do it's job: protect the things we rely on to survive.
Many Slow Food chapters are also hosting screenings of a new CCD
documentary, Vanishing of the Bees. It's a great way to get together in your
community and learn more about what you can do to help solve this problem.
Time and again Slow Food members get together to celebrate the importance of
food. It's now the time to take action to protect that which binds us
together, and stand up for the bees that make it all possible.
Thanks for spreading the buzz,
The Slow Food USA team
PS - Can you help spread the buzz? For every 100 signatures we collect on
petition to protect the bees we depend on for our food, we'll send a
bee-shaped postcard to the Director of the EPA’s Pesticide Programs. Imagine
those on the wall the next time the pesticide lobby pops in!