NCPIRG wants students to think about the bees this Thanksgiving

by Jerry Jiang, Daily Tar Heel

People become accustomed to the habit of expecting Thanksgiving to simply come along every November, but in the words of North Carolina Public Interest Research Group’s slogan, “No bees, no Thanksgiving.”

State senator Mike Woodard spoke at the Bee-Saving event, hosted by Edible Campus UNC behind Davis Library as part of NCPIRG’s Save the Bees campaign. 

“One in every three bites of food we eat is dependent on pollinators. However, pollinators have been in decline for decades now,” Woodard said. “In 2015 alone, there was a 42 percent loss of pollinators. Historically, going back to 1945, there were 4.5 million beehives in the United States.” Today, there are around 2 million.

Woodard said one of the main factors contributing to the decline of bees is pesticide exposure, particularly neonics.

“The annual loss of honey bees from pesticides in their environment would fill Kenan Stadium seven feet deep with dead bee carcasses,” Woodard said.

Read the rest of the story in the Daily Tar Heel.

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