Scientists confirmed two major conclusions about bees in 2017: Bees are still dying off in record numbers, and a huge culprit of the bee die-off are neonicotinoid pesticides made by agri-giants such as Monsanto and Bayer.
And while we have made great strides in stopping the use of neonic pesticides, we still have a long way to go. In fact, just this month, France approved a new bee-killing pesticide called Sulfoxaflor in direct defiance of the French ban on neonics that is to start in 2018.
Now to truly stem the bee die-off, we are kicking off an unprecedented campaign to fight for the bees on all fronts. We're pushing for an EU-wide ban on neonics. Beekeepers are suing to stop the use of Sulfoxaflor. We are going to continue to urge North American governments to prohibit the use of neonics, and we're going to support scientists' work in researching the bee die-off epidemic and ways to stop it.
You can help us save the bees. If you chip in monthly, you can help sustain our campaign and ensure that bees continue to thrive for generations to come.
We know that the extinction of bees is dire. No bees, no food. Bee pollination helps at least one-third of crops produce our global food supply.
Neonics aren't just harmful to bees; they pose deadly risks to frogs, birds, and fish. And pesticides have contaminated honey world-wide -- a new study showed that 75% of all honey contains neonicotinoid pesticides, many with multiple types. That means we are ingesting the chemicals every day, too.
And while Monsanto would argue that neocotinoids are essential for crop growth, the truth is that neonics can be replaced by more integrated pest management approaches that don't have such a devastating effect on the food chain. We have already convinced major U.S. retailers Lowe's and Home Depot to pull neonics off of their shelves, and we can convince farmers to stop using them as well.
Our members have already stepped up in a huge way to save the bees. More than half a million of the SumOfUs community mobilized to get a neonic ban on the Franch law books. We've convinced the European Parliament to delay a key vote in approving a 10-year neonic permit.
That's why SumOfUs is launching a neonic-focused campaign to save the bees in 2018. We're planning an ambitious campaign, and we need SumOfUs members to commit to seeing it through. For a small monthly donation, you can become a bee sustainer, and play a big role in saving these irreplaceable creatures. Will you become a bee sustainer today?