Bee Campaigns

Last updated: September 2014


Campaigns from around the world



BEE Protective campaigner

The Center for Food Safety and Beyond Pesticides launched the BEE Protective Campaign.

The campaign pages contain lots of information on bee-friendly gardening including which pesticides are most harmful to bees. (Ethical Consumer will be releasing its own guide to gardening including information on this issue in the Spring.)

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Save the bees campaign

The Environmental Justice Foundation is asking people to contact Liz Truss, the UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to ask her to ensure that the European vote to ban certain neonicotinoids is fully implemented and monitored by the UK Government.

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Keep Britain Buzzing

The Soil Association has a host of information on its website to help you to garden organically. They also urge consumers to buy organic food as organic farmers don’t use neonicotinoid pesticides. They also have more complex crop rotations, which means that there is a greater diversity of plants for bees to forage on. 

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International campaigns



SOS bees

Greenpeace are running an international campaign to get neonicotinoids banned world wide and promote more beefriendly agriculture. At the time of writing almost half a million people had signed their online petition.

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Bayer campaign

The Story of Stuff is petitioning chemical company Bayer to stop lobbying against anti-neonicotinoids legislation and stop producing products containing them. Campaigners stress that it’s not just bees that are affected. The pesticides are also harming other insect pollinators, as well as fish and birds, as they leach into soil and water. They say that the most affected species are terrestrial invertebrates such as earthworms, which are crucial soilenrichers. Bees and butterflies are next, followed by aquatic invertebrates, then birds and finally fish, amphibians and certain microbes.

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3 million to save the bees


Avaaz has an online petition aimed at pressurising world leaders to ban neonicotinoids. They say that last year, their “1.2 million strong petition forced US authorities to open a formal consultation on pesticides” and that their “2.6 million petition was pivotal in influencing European countries – now, if we reach 3 million, we can persuade leaders around the world to get rid of these crazy poisons”.

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Campaign success from 38 degrees and Buglife

Over 60,000 emails from 38 Degrees members pushed eBay into removing a number of pesticide listings from their online market place.The campaign began when Buglife found that there were a number of traders on eBay selling products containing imidacloprid, thiamethoxam and clothianidin, neonicotinoid insecticides which were banned across Europe in December 2013. The pesticides were available from sellers in America and the site failed to mention the fact that they’re illegal to use in Europe. 

Vanessa from Buglife started a petition to eBay on the 38 Degrees Campaigns by You platform which eventually grew into a full blown 38 Degrees campaign supported by their members. 

Vanessa said:“After fantastic work from over 60,000 38 Degrees members, Buglife are extremely happy to report that neonicotinoid pesticides are no longer up for sale on eBay. We will be keeping a close eye on eBay to see whether they keep their promise and don’t allow the sale of these illegal bee-killing pesticides in the future – bees can breathe a sigh of relief for now.”

However 38 Degrees stress that “All this is not to say the banned pesticides will never go up for sale again... everyone keeping a watch out will help catch the illegal listings the next time they go up”. 

Report anything you find – eBay want to hear it.




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