Pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, play a vital role in our ecosystem and survival.

Butterfly

Sadly, the Monarch Butterfly population has decreased by 90% in just the past 20 years which places them on the brink of extinction.

Honey Bee

Honey bees are also dying at an alarming rate. Did you know that they pollinate 70 of approximately 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world?

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What is causing their decline?

PESTICIDES

In addition to destroying the plants they need for habitat (ie milkweed for butterflies), theses chemical are poisoning our Butterflies and Bees.

The key pesticide culprits are those containing Glyphosate and Neonicotinoids. According to Wikipedia, Bayer-Monsanto’s created the Glyphosate molecule in 1973 and held the patent until 2000. It remains a key ingredient in its popular weed killing product Roundup®

Bayer-Monsanto also manufactures pesticide products containing Neonicotinoids which countless studies have concluded contribute to the collapse of Honey Bee colonies

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These chemicals have been linked to causing cancer and other diseases in humans. Recently, a jury awarded 2 billion dollars to a man who developed cancer after using Roundup®. Additionally, over 5000 lawsuits against Bayer-Monsanto are pending due to the their continued use of these chemicals.

For those of us who do not use these pesticides, we may be exposed to them through the food we eat. A recent study found levels of Glyphosate in a popular breakfast cereal.

So what can WE do to help the pollinators?

🐝 Contact your legislators and tell them to BAN the use of these chemicals in pesticides. Here is a link to identify your legislators and their contact information: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials/

🦋 Contact the retailers you patronize - including grocery stores, Amazon, and harward/home improvement stores and request that they do not sell products containing these chemicals OR food that may be linked to these chemicals.

🐝 Plant native plants that attract bees and butterflies. Also, it is important to plant native Milkweed for the Monarch butterflies because it provides nourishment for their caterpillars.

🦋 Educate others about these chemicals. Ignorance is bliss - if we do not wake others to the massacre of our pollinators and take action to save them, humans will be next!

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