According to the UN, 100 crops feed most of the world’s population — and 70 of these rely on bees for pollination. Without them, our diets would be very limited and farmers would be in deep trouble. In the U.S. alone, bees’ pollination services are valued at about $19 billion.
In short, we all rely on bees. Every. Single. Day.
Yet year after year, alarming numbers of these and other pollinators keep dying off. Why? Most scientists agree there are several factors at play — like decreased habitat and forage, diseases and pests — but it’s now crystal clear that pesticide exposure is a key part of the problem. And this is something decisionmakers can address right now.