Scientists have lost a valuable tool for measuring and understanding the decline in bee populations.
On July 6, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it would stop collecting data for its crucial Honey Bee Colonies report. The study of honeybees provides key insights into the problems faced by bees and other pollinators. Scientists expressed concern that the USDA's decision would broadly hamper efforts to save them. In response, Environment America and our national network launched an effort to persuade the USDA to resume data collection.
"We should be doing more, not less, to study bee populations so we can solve this crisis," said Steve Blackledge, senior director of our network's Conservation program. "The USDA should reinstate its crucial honeybee research."
Around the country, our network is campaigning to save the bees by curtailing the use of pesticides that kill them.
Photo: Honeybee research is crucial to helping us understand threats to a wide variety of pollinators. Credit: TJ Gehling via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)