START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good

Pesticides and Honeybee Deaths

Pesticides and Honeybee Deaths

Honeybees are key pollinators that are absolutely crucial to our food system. And, tragically, they’re not having an easy time these days.

One factor responsible for a massive amount of honeybee deaths is a class of systemic pesticides called neonicotinoids. These chemicals are widely used to grow corn. The EPA identifies two specific neonicotinoids, imidacloprid and clothianidin, as highly toxic to bees. Both chemicals cause symptoms in bees such as memory loss, navigation disruption, paralysis and death.

Leaked memos from inside the Environmental Protection Agency show that even the EPA doubts the validity of studies showing the pesticide clothianidin is safe.

These pesticides are not only used to prop up an unsustainable, monoculture system of industrial agriculture, they’re also killing a lot of bees in the process. Other countries have already banned these pesticides, but so far the Unites States isn’t making the same move. It needs to.

Learn more about this important issue—plus read summaries of many recent research studies on bees and pesticides—in these two articles:

Related Care2 articles:

Photo from Fotolia

Read more: Environment, Food, Green, Natural Pest Control, Nature, Nature & Wildlife, Wildlife, , , , , , , ,

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

Shelley Stonebrook

Shelley Stonebrook is an Associate Editor at Mother Earth News—North America’s most popular magazine about sustainable, self-reliant living—where she works on exciting projects such as Organic Gardening content and the Vegetable Garden Planner. Shelley is particularly interested in organic gardening, small-scale, local food production, waste reduction, food preservation and cooking. In her spare time, she posts in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish.


+ add your own
3:21AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013


2:32PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

No bees, no food.

1:40PM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

No more pesticides! Use other insects or stinging Nettle purin as natural pesticide, for example!

12:24PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

8:37AM PDT on May 30, 2012


10:36AM PDT on May 17, 2012

thanks for sharing

12:28PM PDT on May 16, 2012

Thank you

1:49AM PDT on May 12, 2012


2:04PM PDT on May 8, 2012

US are always the last to act. It seems that their just slowly dragging their feet when it comes to banishing a pesticide. They love those things so much because it grows 'healthy' corn for their monocultural system, but they seem to miss the most important point: future. The future seems very bleak to me...

1:53PM PDT on May 4, 2012

Yes! We need to save the bees! We need to stop using herbicides & pesticides. Our lawns do not have to look perfect. Don't like weeds? Dig them out. And many people with lawns have children or dogs. They are affected too.

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

The dog and candle certainly stands out.. Would people do these things if it were babies/infants…

Thank you for the good advice. *_*

They look scrumptious! Dammit! Hungry now...

Pulling out is actually just somewhat less effective at preventing pregnancy than condoms, but since…


Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.

site feedback


Problem on this page? Briefly let us know what isn't working for you and we'll try to make it right!