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Give Bees a Chance: Go Organic!

What began with the collapse of bee colonies has become a full-on insect apocalypse that scientists say is “tearing apart the tapestry of life”, devastating bird populations, impacting human health and threatening the future of foods that rely on pollinators. 

The U.S. agricultural landscape is now 48 times more toxic to bees than it was 25 years ago and crop yields for apples, cherries and blueberries are already being reduced by a lack of pollinators.

Why? Because of Bayer’s business model: genetically modified seeds soaked in bee-killing neonic insecticides.

In the 1980s, Bayer invented synthetic neonicotinoid compounds that could be applied to the seed of a plant and remain effective for the plant’s entire lifespan. 

By 2004, Bayer had agreements with the top genetically modified seed companies to coat their seeds with massive amounts of neonics

By 2007, 80 percent of the corn seed sold by market-leader Pioneer (Monsanto’s rival-cum-partner) was treated with Bayer’s clothianidin-based Poncho. 

By 2008, Colony Collapse Disorder was a worldwide problem.

In the E.U., neonics were banned in 2013, but a legal loophole lets Bayer to skirt the neonicotinoid ban.

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