According to biologists, we now sit precariously on the edge of mass species extinction, losing the plants and animals that are key to all of our survival. Amphibians, grassland birds, as well as honey bees and other pollinators such as monarch butterflies, are some of the species most obviously under threat. Of the 100 crops needed to feed 90% of the world, over 70 of these crops are pollinated by bees.
Resources for more information:
- Preserving Biodiversity as if Life Depends on It, a report on how organic systems are key to re–establishing the biodiversity upon which all life depends.
- Vanishing of the Bees, a compelling documentary that describes the crisis of disappearing and dying honey bees.
- Pesticides and Honey Bees: State of the Science, a report on the factors behind Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), with a sustained focus on the role of pesticides.
- Pesticides and pollinators, a fact sheet describing the links between pollinator declines and pesticides.
- Pesticides and U.S. grassland bird declines, aquatic ecosystem biodiversity.
- Center for Food Safety: Alternatives to Neonicotinoid Insecticide–Coated Corn Seed: Agroecological Methods are Better for Farmers and the Environment.
- Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation: Impacts of Pesticides on Invertebrates (IPI) database. The IPI database contains summaries of research articles on pesticides, their effects on invertebrates, and pesticide movement in the environment. Articles have been reviewed and summarized to highlight key findings by Xerces Society staff.
The Ceres Trust provides support to ensure pollinator proliferation. The organizations below are examples of those across the country that are providing leadership on these issues: