Natural Resources Defense Council – The Earth’s Best Defense
Today, May 20th, is World Bee Day. Officially designated by the United Nations in 2018 to raise awareness on the importance of bees and other pollinators, the threats they face, and their contribution to the sustainable development of the planet. But bees are dying off at an alarming rate – 40 percent of honeybee colonies collapsed from spring 2017 to 2018. And more and more are edging toward extinction.
Food for thought: One in every three bites of food we eat comes on the hard working backs of bees. These horticultural heroes transfer pollen and seeds from flower to flower, fertilizing plants so they can grow and produce food. Without bees to pollinate, food crops would die off.
In support of the bees, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) looks to eliminate the use of harmful pesticides, including Neonics, which can kill bees on contact and (even at very low exposures) harm their ability to navigate, forage, and reproduce. Through their heroic work, the NRDC strives to defend endangered natural places and protect nature in ways that advance the long-term welfare of present and future generations.