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Bees are your Buddies

Do you like to eat fruit? Bees are YOUR best friends. Parents – please teach your kids to respect Bees! Each year I read to Kindergartners – and each time I read books about BEES the kids say ” I hate Bees”. It stuns me and it starts at home. Teach your kids that insects, bees, butterflies provide honey, pollination and ultimately food for us. We LOVE BEES!!!

Bees and other pollinators play a vital role in our food production system by enabling the production of many of the nuts, fruits and vegetables in our diets. In total, pollinators make possible an astounding 35% of global food production and contribute more than $24 billion annually to the U.S. economy.But the number of managed honeybee colonies in the United States has declined from 6 million in the 1940s to just 2.5 million today – jeopardizing our food supply and domestic agriculture industry.3

FLASHBACK from 2014 – That’s why President Obama tasked the Secretary of Agriculture and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency with co-chairing the Pollinator Health Task Force and leading the federal response to the devastating decline in populations of bees and other vital pollinators.

So far, both the USDA and EPA have displayed a disturbing lack of urgency when it comes to saving bees from deadly pesticides. In fact, the EPA’s current plan is to continue studying neonicotinoid pesticides until 2018 before it takes action to save our pollinators.

It’s 2018 and the story continues.Each person can CHOOSE to not use pesticides, like Round-up, and make their garden inviting to bees. We can make the difference. Round-up is still sold at COSTCO in gigantic containers… right next to the NATIVE BEE HOMES….. Let’s get smart. Don’t buy that toxic junk.  Besides- dandelions are great food for bees, their flowers bloom early and give the bees food when it is winter.   –The editor

 

Chemicals and Cosmetics and Companies that still don’t get it!

Revlon and L’Oreal continue to use Quaternium-15 and DMDM hydantoin — preservatives that slowly release formaldehyde. Health experts classify formaldehyde as a carcinogen when inhaled. Research here.

What’s more, Revlon and L’Oreal continue to use long-chain parabens as preservatives as well. Some parabens are endocrine-disruptors—that is, they interfere with the hormones that regulate the development and growth of our reproductive system.

Ken Cook – Presents at Seminar:

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Ken Cook is co-founder and president of the 1.3 million-member Environmental Working Group (EWG). With a focus on toxic chemicals, air and water pollution, and industrialized agriculture, EWG’s research and analysis have ruffled feathers and changed policy at the USDA, the FDA, in the halls of Congress, and even in the White House.

They have blown the cover on who’s really benefitting from hundreds of billions of farm subsidy dollars funded by U.S. taxpayers – and it’s not your local organic kale farmer. But there’s good news, too!

You’ll learn the truth about pesticides, organic food, and how to protect yourself from the “dirty dozen.” Find out more about Ken’s work by clicking here.

To listen to a rebroadcast – for a limited time for free- click here to see the listings.  Part of the 2014 Food Summit.