The rusty-patched bumblebee, once a common pollinator over half the United States, is almost extinct. This species has disappeared from 87% of its former habitat and its population has plummeted 95%.
Things just got serious. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to make this bee the first ever to go on the endangered species list. And we all know why too: bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides.
We’ve been fighting to save the bees -- on which one in every three bites from our tables relies -- for years. We’ve made huge in-roads, but we need to bring fruit and vegetable retailers on board or we’re sunk. It’s time we had bee-friendly labeling on our food.
Will you join our call to Hunts Tomatoes and demand bee-friendly labels?
This campaign is having huge success in Europe. One of the largest supermarkets in Germany has already vowed to stop serving fruits and vegetables grown with bee-killing neonics. The neonicotinoid imidacloprid is most harmful to bees when used on tomatoes -- which is exactly why we want to target a massive tomato grower like Hunts.
We are winning the battle against bee-killing pesticides, but the startling collapse of the rusty-patched bumble bee means we’re running out of time. Agro-chemical corporations won’t help us -- they’re fighting to overturn hard-fought neonic bans all over the world. But bee-friendly labeling will put the power back where it belongs: in our back pockets.
This is an idea that’s long past due. Tell Hunts to commit to bee-friendly labeling now.