President Donald Trump and the Republican administration has effectively gutted the EPA over perceived concerns about over-regulating industries that have an environmental impact. In practice, that means a lot of the EPA’s work defending the environment has been severely damaged.
Bees have been dying in record numbers, especially this past season. Much of this is due to the overuse of pesticides and herbicides in industrial farming and by people tending their lawns. As much of our ecology is dependent upon bee pollination, this is a genuine threat to the environment. Unfortunately, Trump’s EPA has allowed a bee-killing pesticide named sulfoxaflor to return to the market after a lawsuit found that the chemical hadn’t been properly tested in regards to its impact on bee population.
Earthjustice, a Bay Area law firm that focuses specifically on environmental law, covered this story. Greg Loarie, an Earthjustice attorney, released the following statement:
“At a time when honeybees and other pollinators are dying in greater numbers than ever before, Trump’s EPA decision to remove restrictions on yet another bee-killing pesticide is nothing short of reckless. Scientists have long said pesticides like sulfoxaflor are the cause of the unprecedented colony collapse. Letting sulfoxaflor back on the market is dangerous for our food system, economy, and environment.”
Here at I Love Nature, we’re very concerned about this problem and have a few suggestions on how to proceed. The obvious stuff is obvious, like don’t use Roundup and other pesticides, which you shouldn’t use anyway because they’re a carcinogen. But they also kill plants that bees need to feed. So maybe don’t use pesticides and don’t be super enthusiastic about weeding. While you’re at it, go buy your honey from local producers. Mass honey farming operations keep the bees in sterile conditions that keep them from positively affecting their environment. Plus local honey will help people with seasonal allergies build up a tolerance!
Better yet, skip the lawn. Lawns require a lot of water to maintain, they tend not to have plants that bees need to survive, and they’re usually a smorgasbord of hostile chemicals. Instead, grow a bunch of sunflowers and maybe have a little water features for the hardworking bumblebees in your neighborhood to get a drink.
So go out there and educate yourselves on the plights of the bees and be a positive change for the environment. There are also some amazing bee documentaries out there. Maybe one day you’ll start a bee colony of your own!
This is very important stuff and activism is absolutely essential to secure the planet’s future. If nothing else, check out this Find Your Representative website so you can get in touch with the people who are supposed to secure our future. For more information, check out the infographic below.