What’s Up with the ‘Bees Can’t Wait’ Ads?

DrAdsforProfileWell the Doc opened up the old mailbag today and here’s what poured out.

Dear Dr. Ads,

I saw this ad in the New York Times (and the Boston Globe) the other day and I just don’t get it.


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Here’s the sting:


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Save Bees?

Do you understand what they’re talking about, Doc?

– Honey Trap

Dear Honey Trap:

Not really.

The Save-Bees.org home page reprints the newspaper ad, whose body copy says this:

Honey bees, native bees and other pollinators are responsible for 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat. Bees pollinate 71 of the 100 crops that make up 90% of the world’s food supply. Many fruits and vegetables, including apples, blueberries, strawberries, carrots and broccoli, as well as almonds and coffee, rely on bees. These beneficial insects are critical in maintaining our diverse food supply.

Honey bee populations have been in alarming decline since 2006. Widespread use of a new class of toxic pesticides, neonicotinoids, is a significant contributing factor. In addition to killing bees outright, research has shown that even low levels of these dangerous Screen Shot 2013-12-04 at 1.21.08 AMpesticides impair bees’ ability to learn, to find their way back to the hive, to collect food, to produce new queens, and to mount an effective immune response.

This week, 15 countries are imposing a two-year restriction on the use of several of these chemicals. As you know, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates it will be 2018, 5 years from now, before it makes a decision on this deadly class of pesticides.

We request an immediate moratorium on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides.

Bees can’t wait 5 more years – they are dying now. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has the power and responsibility to protect our pollinators. Our nation’s food system depends on it.

Almonds. Who knew?

And then there’s this:


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Just for the record, here are the goo-goos who want to Save the Bees:


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The Saving America’s Pollinators Act, eh?

That’ll become law right about the time Dr. Ads becomes Surgeon General.