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  • Honey Bee Haven | Map your haven
    Based on convincing and mounting evidence beekeepers scientists and other individuals concerned about pollinators are working together to spur regulatory action and shifts in the marketplace to reduce the use of neonics In May 2015 the White House issued an interagency National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and other Pollinators The strategy focuses on efforts to restore honey bee loss increase monarch butterfly populations and restore pollinator habitats But the White House plan virtually ignores the on the ground farm economics that directly contribute to rising neonic use in seed coatings specifically the role of a few large companies that have a stranglehold on the seed market This concentrated market power in the seed industry has allowed a few multi billion dollar companies like Bayer Syngenta and Monsanto to significantly limit U S farmers choices around seed coating In most cases the seed is coated with neonics whether wanted or not and our paper found that this lack of choice has made it difficult for farmers and their advisors to assess the actual value of these pesticides in crop production or to understand their true financial and environmental costs Most farmers understand the value of pollinators to plant growth and the food system and would not intentionally harm them However without credible information on the risks or the freedom to choose their seed coating farmers are left with little choice but to accept what their seed company delivers The good news is that there are independent seed companies and dealers able today to provide farmers with information and choice around seed coatings Representing a small segment of a highly consolidated industry independent seed producers and dealers are able and willing to respond to market changes and farmer preferences associated with not only neonics but also other areas of market interest such as non genetically modified organisms GMOs certified organic cover and specialty crops But a farmer s ability to choose what kind of seed coatings they want as part of their crop management system should be the rule not the exception in the seed market One of the most basic and necessary aspects of a free market is available and accurate information about products and their efficacy cost and benefits It should go without saying then that in a competitive marketplace farmers should receive accurate up to date information from researchers and other farmers at field days about the costs and benefits of neonics and other seed coatings related to both crop production and the environment including pollinators Yet this isn t happening with neonics or other seed coating ingredients today We need credible farmer led field trials that compare different seed coatings and traits and that information should be shared with other farmers And those findings should be compared with the effectiveness and costs of other pest control approaches such as integrated pest management IPM that have proven benefits and economic returns Only with complete information and choice about neonics and other crop management tools can

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  • About us | Honey Bee Haven
    to join us Pesticide Action Network Pesticide Action Network PAN works to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives As one of five PAN Regional Centers worldwide we link local and international consumer labor health environment and agriculture groups into an international citizens action network This network challenges the global proliferation of pesticides defends basic rights to health and environmental quality and works to ensure the transition to a just and viable society Read more Beyond Pesticides Beyond Pesticides works with allies in protecting public health and the environment to lead the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides Beyond Pesticides seeks safe air water land and food for ourselves and future generations The founders who established Beyond Pesticides as a nonprofit membership organization in 1981 felt that without the existence of such an organized national network pesticide policy would become under chemical industry pressure increasingly unresponsive to public health and environmental concerns Beyond Pesticides has historically taken a two pronged approach to the pesticide problem by identifying the risks of conventional pest management practices and promoting non chemical and least hazardous management alternatives The organization s primary goal is to affect change

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  • Bees 101 | Honey Bee Haven
    CCD Each year since commercial beekeepers have reported annual losses of 29 36 Such losses are unprecedented and more than double what is considered normal Much has been made over the mystery surrounding CCD but two points of consensus have emerged Multiple interacting causes are in play key suspects include pathogens habitat loss and pesticides and Immune system damage is a critical factor that may be at the root of the disorder State of the Science PAN s report Honey Bees and Pesticides State of the Science presents findings from dozens of scientific studies focusing on the link between pesticides and CCD Download here Impacts of systemic pesticides A new class of systemic neurotoxic pesticides neonicotinoids is known to be particularly toxic to bees And since their introduction in the 1990s neonicotinoids have rapidly taken over the global insecticide market Neonicotinoids like imidacloprid and its successor product clothianidin are used as seed treatments in hundreds of crops from corn to almonds as well as in lawn care and flea products These products can persist for years in the soil and as systemics permeate the plants to which they are applied to be expressed as pollen nectar and guttation droplets like pesticide dew In other words this class of pesticides is nearly pervasive and honey bees are exposed in many different ways The ripple effect of Colony Collapse Disorder U S commercial beekeepers report that their industry is on the verge of collapse and farmers who rely on pollination services are increasingly concerned It s unlikely that such a collapse will directly result in a food security crisis but crop yields would decline significantly With most fruits many vegetables almonds alfalfa and many other crops all dependent upon bees for pollination the variety and nutritional value of our food system is

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  • Honey Bee Toolkit | Honey Bee Haven
    simple tips and actions to help protect bees from harmful pesticides and keep the pressure on policymakers Download here While policymakers remain resolutely stuck and have yet to take swift action to address the known causes of bee die offs home gardeners backyard beekeepers and concerned individuals across the country have been stepping up to protect our favorite pollinators This groundswell of support for bees is inspiring and important but

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  • In Your Backyard | Honey Bee Haven
    beekeeper Every little bit makes a difference Post a bee friendly yard sign If your yard or potted plants are pesticide free post a bee sign and show your support for pollinator health You might even inspire a neighbor to join you in taking a stand for bees Plant a bee friendly garden You donʼt need a lot of space just a little extra consideration A few containers of the right kinds of plants tucked into your garden will get you started Even in the city a container on a balcony or front stoop can make a big difference to the growing number of urban bees and their beekeepers Use this handy guide to learn more about pollinator friendly habitat including wildflowers that are known to nurture bee populations in to the U S along with information about planting by season so you and bees can enjoy flowers in bloom all year round Become a backyard beekeeper Join the ranks of backyard beekeepers Learn the basics by joining a local beekeeper s association like this one that can provide additional support and resources as you establish your hive Beginner s classes are often offered in the beginning of the year

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  • To Build Momentum | Honey Bee Haven
    all the more reason to be in touch The key to influencing them is proving that you are a well informed committed and persistent constituent Take action Bees are still dying Urge Congress to step up Congress has the authority to exercise oversight over federal agencies like EPA They can call a hearing and they alone can fix a broken pesticide law that leaves EPA hamstrung and captive to industry players like Bayer Help them understand what s at stake Also writing to your paper is one of the most effective things you can do to show public support for pollinator protection and help build momentum to protect bees Take action Write to your local paper and join the public conversation Make sure EPA and others poised to decide the fate of bees know what s at stake and that people are paying attention Build community When it comes to making change we are most influenced by friends family members and people with whom we work and worship Ask friends or neighbors over to share a meal and dedicate the conversation around your dinner table to honey bees the pollinators responsible for one in every three bites of food we eat Also share your support of bees at farmers markets gardening clubs or through beekeeping clubs You could even start a bee related book club Host a film screening Invite neighbors and friends for a film screening at your house or coordinate a screening at your local community center Not sure what to watch We recommend Vanishing of the Bees and Queen of the Sun and there are many more Vanishing of the Bees Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the

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  • Community Havens | Honey Bee Haven
    Havens What s New Take the Pledge You are here Home Community Havens Community Havens Communities across the U S are taking a stand for honey bee and pledging to provide safe pesticide free havens with access to food water and shelter The map below shows communities that have already established offical havens Urge your community to become a Honey Bee Haven Don t see your community haven on the

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  • Create a Community Bee Haven | Honey Bee Haven
    champion to introduce the resolution Encourage others you meet with them to support as well Also bring people from your new coalition to express a range of perspectives and backgrounds and show the strength of your effort Show up at the vote Recruit people through your core group and through your coalition to show up when the resolution is up for a vote Numbers matter to most officials and can help sway them And don t forget to celebrate after you win Most importantly don t give up And remember if you need more information contact Paul Towers at Pesticide Action Network ptowers panna org or 510 788 9020 Community Honey Bee Haven Resolution WHEREAS Bees and other pollinators are essential to the majority of the flowering plants on our planet and WHEREAS Pollinators are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat and WHEREAS Each year since 2006 commercial beekeepers in the U S have reported annual losses of bees in excess of what would be considered normal and WHEREAS There are this many beekeepers in City County or School relying on beekeeping for hobby or commercial purposes and WHEREAS stats on local losses reported losses of bees in excess of what would be considered normal and WHEREAS Multiple interacting causes are likely contributors to the decline of pollinator populations including pathogens habitat loss and exposure to pesticides and WHEREAS Scientific evidence around neonicotinoid pesticides including clothianidin thiamethoxam and imidacloprid is especially compelling and deserves action and WHEREAS threats to pollinators concern the entire food system where pollination services provided by honey bees and other essential pollinators account for one in every three bites of food responsible for the pollination of key crops including almonds apples blueberries cherries and many others and contributing over 19

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