Be(e)lieve it or not, you have a bee to thank for one in every three bites of food you eat.
Honeybees perform about 80% of all pollination, and a single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day, making them essential to farmers.
But a deadly mix of pesticides, parasites, and climate change have put bee populations in crisis around the world. Since the 1990s, beekeepers have noted a sharp and astonishing decline in bee populations.
The widespread use of bee-harming pesticides are particular threats to honeybees and wild pollinators.
Without them, feeding the world’s growing population will be nearly impossible. It’s time to ban these damaging pesticides and protect vital pollinators.