Pesticides

The unnecessary use of pesticides is harming ecosystems and threatening our health.

If you’re lucky, you might see a summer’s field buzzing with bees or a flock of monarch butterflies undertaking their annual migration. But our country’s overuse of toxic pesticides is making such sights less common as it makes much of our country’s environment toxic. Seeping far beyond the initially treated zones, these pesticides are infiltrating our soil, water systems and food chains. Together, we can put our country on a safer path free of pesticides.

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Pesticides

Why “Save the Bees” should extend to other insects

This past spring, I noticed that flowers in my front yard were covered in aphids and I immediately bought insecticidal soap to get rid of them. My response to those aphids – get rid of them – has long been our response to all insects. But this decades-long antipathy toward all insects is one reason we’re facing an “insect apocalypse.”

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Monarch populations have dropped by more than 80% in recent decades, due in part to our country’s overuse of pesticides.

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Steve
Blackledge

Steve
Blackledge

Senior Director, Conservation America Campaign, Environment America Research & Policy Center

Mark
Morgenstein

Mark
Morgenstein

Director of Media Relations, The Public Interest Network