Bees are dying off at alarming rates across the United States, threatening our food supply. This summer, young adults working with Environment Massachusetts will visit Quincy and neighborhoods across the Commonwealth to talk about how we can work together to save the bees.
“Many of the fruits and vegetables growing across Massachusetts will be a thing of the past if bees keep dying off at their current rate. People are worried that our bees are dying, but they often don’t know what they can do to help,” said Brendan Geraghty, a canvasser working with Environment Massachusetts. “I’m walking our neighborhoods this summer to not only educate people about this critical problem, but also to encourage them to act. That’s the fun and rewarding part.”
Worldwide, 100 crops provide 90 percent of the world’s food, and bees pollinate 71 of them. Neonicotinoid pesticides, commonly known as neonics, threaten bee populations. Maryland and Connecticut have already banned neonics for consumers.
“No bees means no food, and the first step in saving the bees is eliminating the pesticides that kill them,” said Ben Hellerstein, state director for Environment Massachusetts. “Massachusetts can play a big role by restricting the use of neonics.”
While other factors including global warming, habitat loss and disease contribute to bees dying, restricting neonics is a step Massachusetts can take today. Canvassers are knocking on doors in Quincy and other communities across Massachusetts to build support for An Act to protect Massachusetts pollinators (H.763), filed by Rep. Carolyn Dykema.