The Plight Of Pollinators



The Plight Of The Pollinator


The intricate web of life,  on this planet, depends on every aspect of life, all the way down to the fragile bee. Every part of this web has a particular role on the earth, and when one element of this web is removed, it starts a downward spiral effect which is difficult to foresee and which can be catastrophic. We are at serious risk of losing the bees now, and we need do something about it. I have a petition for the EPA in hopes they will take action.

Please sign my petition for the EPA. Click here.

Bee colonies are seriously threatened by the widespread use of pesticide-coated seeds currently used by farmers, particularly on corn and soy crops. These insecticides are called neonicotinoids. Studies show that bees are drawn to the nectar of neonicotinoid plants and become addicted to them in the same manner that humans become addicted to nicotine. For this reason, bees become addicted to plants grown from these toxic seeds and gorge themselves on these plants, seeking them out and returning to them in the future. Because nectar is brought back to the hive by individual bees, neonicotinoid toxins are also brought back to the hive, where they spread to and kill the entire colony. They achieve this by destroying the nervous systems of bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies. This has led to what scientists have dubbed “colony collapse disorder.”

Why should we care? Bees are important because we need them to pollinate food crops and wild plants. Bees are also an essential part of our economy as they pollinate over 15 billion dollars worth of crops a year. Some crops that won’t grow without honeybees include: apples, cucumbers, broccoli, onions, pumpkins, carrots, avocados, almonds, and many more. If we lose the honey bee our fragile web of life will be devastated, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has so far failed to aggressively seek out a solution. The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that neonicotinoids don’t even increase crop yields, although that is the purported reason for their use in the first place.

In-depth studies from Purdue University (, Harvard University (, and Oxford University, Trinity College Dublin, Newcastle University and Lund University ( concerning the danger and harm of neonicotinoids towards bees and other pollinators confirm that this is a grave concern.  Overwhelming research conducted on the effects these products have on the environment has led the European Union to presently ban the use of neonicotinoids across the entire continent of Europe. In the United States and Canada, seed-producing companies are allowed to make and sell seeds coated with this pesticide, which has been shown in numerous research studies to contribute to bee and bee colony deaths.

“We know that these insecticides are highly toxic to bees; we found them in each sample of dead and dying bees,” said Christian Krupke, associate professor of entomology at Purdue University and a co-author of the findings.

The United States is losing about one-third of its honeybee hives each year, according to Greg Hunt, a Purdue University professor of behavioral genetics, honeybee specialist, and co-author of the Purdue findings. Hunt said no one particular factor is to blame for this loss, though scientists believe that other factors such as mites and insecticides are all working against the bees as well. “It’s like death by a thousand cuts for these bees,” Hunt said.”

In 2014, 37 million bees were found dead in Ontario, Canada after neonicotinoid-laced corn seeds were planted in the area. ( “Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the millions,” stated Dave Schuit, a local honey producer. This catastrophe is a powerful sign of the harm these seeds affect on our environment.

Furthermore, the effects of these toxins are not limited to the fields where these crops are planted. Genetically engineered plants are able to escape into the wild, where they interbreed with natural plants and continue to spread throughout the environment. The repercussions of this are alarming for the future of our earth, the future of food, and the futures of our children and grandchildren.

“The bees we should also be concerned about are the “3,999 other bee species living in North America, most of which are solitary, stingless, ground-nesting bees you’ve never heard of. Incredible losses in native bee diversity are already happening. 50 percent of Midwestern native bee species disappeared from their historic ranges in the last 100 years. Four of our bumblebee species declined 96 percent in the last 20 years, and three species are believed to already be extinct. A little part of me despairs when I read in a scientific paper: “This species probably should be listed under the Endangered Species Act if it still exists.” These bees nest in the  ground and when the neonicotinoid seeds were planted in the fields, the mason bees did not make one single nest.” Source of quote: (Source:

“In watermelons, native bees do 90 percent of the pollination.
Native bees improve fruit production in apples. Native bee pollination creates twice as much fruit as honey bees in blueberries. In tomatoes, native bee species increase fruit production significantly.” (Source:

How much evidence will it take before the EPA, or other companies involved, stop the use, and protect our fragile web of life? Bees and the future of our environment are in need of protection from these toxic and harmful poisons. Given the enormous number of bee deaths already, the enormous amounts of neonicotinoid insecticide-coated seeds that are currently being planted, the fragile state of the bee colonies, and the mounting evidence showing neonicotinoid insecticide-coated seed is a danger to bee colonies, don’t you agree that the EPA should stop the manufacturing and planting of this toxic seed?

I move that the EPA ban the manufacturing, sale and use of these toxins, poisons and coated seeds in the United States.

Don’t you think companies should have a ethical and moral obligation to humanity to stop doing and promoting things that are proven to be harming the environment and humanity? Monsanto, DuPont, Dow Chemical, Crop Life America and Bayer all make these seeds and sell them. These companies apparently aren’t doing anything to halt this situation. Why? We need to ask ourselves this question. I pose a question: Do you have investment money supporting companies that do this type of thing?  Is this the type of investment in your future, that will sustain the life of your children and their children?

If they are not voluntarily stopping their production, sale and use of seeds and toxins that have been shown to be doing harm to the environment, then isn’t it the responsibility of the EPA to make them stop harming the environment?

Please sign this petition and join me in helping to stop the use of toxins that are proven to be harmful to bees ( all types) and other pollinators (example: hummingbirds & butterflies), to the environment, and to the human population. These toxins put our fragile web of life in jeopardy.

Please sign my petition to ban and outlaw the manufacturing, sale and use of harmful neonicotinoid coated seeds and pesticides by companies and farmers.

Click here to sign my petition.

Update! We have 139,786 supporters signatures! Let’s get 100,000 more! Please share this with your friends and family!
Even the federal court system is saying the EPA is wrong!

The EPA just released a report saying that these poisons are the cause of catastrophic bee deaths, but yet they are still not making them illegal to make or use!  Click here to read the EPA report.

Please sign my petition. I am taking it in February and wish to have as many signatures as possible.

Watch this!  Click Here to watch Maria Spivak on Ted Talks, talk about the bees.


Nancy Addison  talks with Richard Kemp on the Farm & Ranch USA Report

KLGD 106.9fm, The Country Giant about the bees –  Click Here to listen to the Radio Show Segment on the Bees.

I’d love to hear your comments!

16 thoughts on “The Plight Of Pollinators

  1. Adele Good says:

    Please support Nancy’s petition – this is serious business! I was blessed to see a few wild bees and bumble bees in France last month yet these innocent insects are quickly disappearing. May seem unimportant yet this will change our food supply in a very unhealthy way!

  2. Richard Kemp says:

    Bees and other pollinating insects play an essential role in ecosystems. A third of all our food depends on their pollination. A world without pollinators would be devastating for food production. Researchers call the mass disappearance Colony Collapse Disorder, and they estimate that nearly one-third of all honey bee colonies in the country have vanished. Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture has allotted $20 million over the next five years for research, that amount pales in comparison with the potential loss of $15 billion worth of crops that bees pollinate every year. If we don’t act now to save the honey bee, it might be too late…We believe it’s our duty to make a difference in this world. We think it should be one of our first thoughts: one that guides us throughout our lives…rk2

  3. Janneth Whitworth says:

    I already signed the petition and had shared with friends to sign too! Thanks for sharing the information never knew bee’s had a big duty in this world! LET’S SAVE THE BEE’S!!!!!

  4. Alex Ramsey says:

    We all have to learn and grow and change as new information and a deeper understanding raises our awareness. Saving bees is an idea whose time has come. Let’s support positive change in this direction.

  5. Nancy Addison says:

    I received this response today:
    We are a family of beekeepers and we too are very concerned for our bees. I have signed numerous petitions asking the EPA to ban all neonics. I have also signed petitions asking Home Depot, Lowes and ACE Hardware to quit selling products that contain neonics. Big AG would have us believe mites are responsible for CCD. We believe neonics, glyphosates, GMO’s are directly responsible for CCD. We think all these things should be banned or the pollinators will disappear from the face of the earth.
    We have had hives die from what we believe was pesticide poisoning. Thousands of dead bees laying dead in front of the hive.
    Just to let you know. In cases of CCD, you will not find dead bees around the hive. You won’t find any bees. They just leave and never come back. We believe the neonics/glyphosates/GMO’s are disrupting the bees internal GPS and they become disoriented and never make it back to the hive.
    We need everyone in the world to understand the plight of this very important pollinator and the probable causes of CCD.
    Jeff Fetchenhier

  6. Jeff Fetchenhier says:

    It is our responsibility to protect the bees that give us life. Current U.S. farming practices have created a toxic environment that continues to decimate our precious pollinators. In 2013, 170 million acres of genetically modified crops were planted in the U.S. That is 170 million acres of monoculture devoid of food for pollinators. Farmers spray their crops with pesticides, herbicides and fungicides creating a chemical wasteland hazardous to not only pollinators, but Monarchs as well. Here are figures released from the EPA for 2007. 877 million pounds of pesticides and 185 million pounds of herbicides (glyphosates) were used. We all must do what we can to save our pollinators. Two very great documentaries are a must see for all Americans. Queen of the Sun and Vanishing of the Bees.
    Watch them, take them to heart and tell everybody you know that time is running out. Stop buying pesticides and herbicides that harm bees. Lastly, plant some bee friendly plants to give our friends the food they need to survive.

  7. Amanda Addison says:

    Thank you so much for providing this petition and this thorough information about the damage done by particular insecticides. We need the bees! This is such an important cause, and I’m proud to do my part and sign!

  8. Junia Gibbons says:

    Thank you for writing this informative blog. I am very much against weed killers which then goes right into the gutters & on into streams & rivers. Surely that can’t be good for the fish. I have also felt these weed killers kill our beautiful wild flowers which are so important for the bee and butterfly populations.

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