In June 2016 a group of beekeepers, farmers, community organizers, environmental groups, and concerned citizens banded together to host the “Keep the Hives Alive Tour” to raise awareness about the plight of pollinators and how toxic pesticides contribute to their decline.
Collectively, our mission is to educate the public of the dangers of bee-toxic pesticides; share the stories of beekeepers whose livelihoods have been jeopardized (and some lost) by the continued use of these products; and urge the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Congress to take action on toxic pesticides and support sustainable agriculture.
Bees and other pollinators are declining at an alarming rate and an overwhelming number of scientific studies link these population declines to pesticide use. Unfortunately, uses of toxic pesticides are having far-reaching impacts on a wide range of environments – everything from urban parks, to croplands, to beeyards and aquatic ecosystems. Beekeepers, farmers, and consumers all need a healthier environment for bees! Honey bees and native pollinators are essential to our food supply and help to provide one in every three bites of food we eat. That’s why the Keep the Hives Alive Tour traveled across the United States during National Pollinator Week in 2016 to educate the public about pollinator declines and how we all can work together to protect our pollinators. We want to continue the momentum built last spring by sharing resources, engaging communities to take action, and working together to create healthier habitats for pollinators.
Are you planning on hosting a film screening? Is your community organizing a pollinator event? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you share the BUZZ and connect with other pollinator advocates.
Want to learn about more ways to get involved? Visit sites below for news, action alerts, and updates from the tours sponsors & organizers.
National Family Farm Coalition
Natural Resources Defense Council
North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light
Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides
Old Mill Honey Company
Pesticide Action Network of North America
Pollinator Stewardship Council
Student Action with Farmworkers
Washtenow County Food Policy Council
California-Minnesota Honey Farm
Center for Biological Diversity
Clean Up The River Environment