No Bees, No Food

Save the Bees!

Millions of bees are dying off, with alarming consequences for our environment and our food supply. We rely on bees to pollinate everything from almonds to strawberries to the alfalfa used to feed dairy cows. What happens if the bees disappear? It’s simple: No bees, no food. 

We rely on bees to pollinate 71 of the 100 crops that provide 90% of most of the world’s food. Imagine no almonds, fewer apples and strawberries, less alfalfa to feed dairy cows, and the list goes on.

Scientists point to several causes behind the problem, including global warming, habitat loss, parasites and a class of bee-killing insecticides known as neonicotinoids (or neonics).

When seeds are treated with neonics, the chemicals work their way into the pollen and nectar of the plants — which, of course, is bad news for bees and other pollinators. Worse, for the bees and for us, neonics are about 6,000 times more toxic to bees than DDT.

Right now, we’re letting big agrichemical companies use more of the chemicals that are known to kill bees just as we’re in the midst of an unsustainable die-off in bee populations. That has to change. Now.

Join us in calling on the EPA to declare a nationwide moratorium on the use of bee-killing neonics.

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This Semester's Top Campaign: The Bigger Better Bottle Bill | Westfield State University

Every year in Massachusetts, we throw away over one billion beverage containers, enough to fill Fenway Park past the bleachers. These bottles get buried in landfills or burned in incinerators, which is polluting, wasteful, and expensive.

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Blog Post | Sustainability, Waste

This Semester's Top Campaign: The Bigger Better Bottle Bill | Westfield State University

Every year in Massachusetts, we throw away over one billion beverage containers, enough to fill Fenway Park past the bleachers. These bottles get buried in landfills or burned in incinerators, which is polluting, wasteful, and expensive.

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Blog Post | Sustainability, Waste

This Semester's Top Campaign: The Bigger Better Bottle Bill | Westfield State University

Every year in Massachusetts, we throw away over one billion beverage containers, enough to fill Fenway Park past the bleachers. These bottles get buried in landfills or burned in incinerators, which is polluting, wasteful, and expensive.

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Apples To Twinkies 2012

At a time when America is facing an obesity epidemic, crushing debt and a weak economy, billions of taxpayer dollars are subsidizing junk food ingredients. In this report, we find that in 2011, over $1.28 billion in taxpayer subsidies went to junk food ingredients, bringing the total to a staggering $18.2 billion since 1995. To put that figure in perspective, $18.2 billion is enough to buy 2.9 billion Twinkies every year - 21 for every single American taxpayer.

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