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Hawai'i CFS
Center for Food Safety

Pollinators & Pesticides

One of every three bites of food we eat is from a crop pollinated by honey bees.
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Pollinators & Pesticides

August 16, 2016
Pollinators & Pesticides

ONE OF EVERY THREE BITES of food we eat comes from a crop pollinated by bees. Yet over the past decade, honey bees and other pollinator populations have severely declined around the world. Beekeepers across America lost 44 percent of their honey bee colonies from April 2015 to April 2016, and many beekeepers continue to report above average summer and winter hive losses, with some as high as 100%.

An overwhelming number of scientific studies link bee declines to pesticide use and illustrate the far-reaching and long-term impacts that toxic pesticides have on a wide range of environments. Numerous peer-reviewed studies indicate pesticides have significant adverse effects on not only honey bees, but also the roughly 4,000 species of native bees in this country.

Download this factsheet to learn more about the threat to honey bees and other pollinators, and what you can do to help.