Save the bees. Urge USDA to invest more in research.

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Although honeybees are crucial to producing about one-third of all the food we eat, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has failed to meet crucial research needs to determine the cause of colony collapse disorder, which is devastating hives across the country. Scientists studying the disorder believe a combination of factors could be making bees sick, including pesticide exposure, invasive parasitic mites, an inadequate food supply and a new virus that targets bees' immune systems. Others add that with global warming, crops are coming into flower earlier than the pollinators are ready to pollinate, or vice versa, decoupling a critical link in nature’s great web. Without bees to pollinate many of our favorite fruits and vegetables, the United States could lose $15 billion worth of crops, so it is an imperative that we figure out what is causing colony collapse and prevent further damage.

Use this quick and easy email tool to send a message to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to act right away to save bees. (For more information, download NRDC's Bee Facts here).