A truck, carrying a huge load of bees, wrapped its journey across the United States as it ended up in front of the Environmental Protection Agency in protest. This is after a week long trek across the country, the grassroots activists delivered the bees and millions of signatures to the EPA in an effort to raise awareness about diminishing bee populations.
“In the five years since I started keeping bees, I’ve seen many hives killed by pesticides,” said James Cook, a Minnesota-based beekeeper who has been driving the truck across the country since last Monday. “If some fundamental things don’t change, it’s going to be really hard for beekeepers to adapt to the environment around us.”
Activists and beekeepers delivered 4 million signatures urging an immediate ban on bee-killing pesticides.
Farmers, beekeepers and food advocates met with officials from the EPA, select members of congress and representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They delivered letters from nearly 200 business and organizations.
As we speak we are in the middle of a mass genocide of bees. Over 40% of all beehives are lost every year and the culprit seems to be neonicotinoids.
“Given the facts, we have at hand about the links between neonics and bee die-offs, officials should move boldly and swiftly to stop any and all uses of these dangerous chemicals,” said Anna Aurilio, the director of the Washington, DC, office of Environment America.