News Release | Environment Minnesota

No Bees, No Thanksgiving

Minneapolis, Minnesota — "There's almost no safe place for a bee to exist." That's the bottom line from a new study, which reveals that three-quarters of all honey worldwide is contaminated with neonicotinoids (“neonics”), a widely used class of bee-killing pesticides. Beekeepers have already lost 33% of their bees -- just in the last two years – but we rely on bees to pollinate 71 of the 100 crops that provide 90 percent of the world's food. Minnesota’s legislature and the MDA need to incentivize farmers to transition away from pre-treated neonicotinoid seeds, which are decimating our state's bee population.