In June 2016 a group of beekeepers, farmers, community organizers, environmental groups, and concerned citizens banded together to host the “Keep the Hives Alive Tour” to raise awareness about the plight of pollinators and how toxic pesticides contribute to their decline.
We documented the Tour on film!
Learn more, and take action . . .
“Keep the Hives Alive Tour Primer” short film
“Keep the Hives Alive Tour Documentary
Help us keep the momentum going through:
Host a House Party- learn more here
Make your community a Bee City USA
Learn about your own State Pollinator Protection Plan and share it with your family and friends. Each family member or friend can do one action from the State Pollinator Protection Plan to support your local pollinators.
Learn 10 ways to protect bees from pesticides
View the Keep the Hives Alive Tour films and share them on social media.
Post photos of your pollinator habitat on social media.
Participating Organizations in the Tour
Learn more ways to get involved! Visit Keep The Hives Alive for news, action alerts, and updates from the tour sponsors.
American Bird Conservancy
Blue Dasher Farm
California-Minnesota Honey Farm
Center for Biological Diversity
Center for Food Safety
Clean Up the River Environment
Endangered Species Coalition
Environment North Carolina
Friends of the Earth
Humming for Bees
League of Conservation Voters
Maryland Pesticide Network
National Family Farm Coalition
Natural Resources Defense Council
North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light
Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides
Old Mill Honey Company
Organic Consumers Association
Pesticide Action Network of North America
Pollinator Stewardship Council
Student Action with Farmworkers
The Ecology Center
Toxic Free North Carolina
Washtenaw County Food Policy Council
Collectively, our mission is to educate the public of the dangers of bee-toxic pesticides; share the stories of beekeepers whose livelihoods have been jeopardized (and some lost) by the continued use of these products; and urge EPA, USDA and Congress to take action on toxic pesticides and support sustainable agriculture.
Pollinators are declining at an alarming rate and an overwhelming number of scientific studies link bee declines to pesticide use and illustrate the far-reaching impacts toxic chemical pesticides have on a wide range of environments. Honey bees are dying at more than double a sustainable rate. Research shows bee-toxic pesticides are a leading contributor to their decline. Beekeepers need a healthier environment for bees! Honey bees and native pollinators are a national resource that makes one in three bites of food possible. We have traveled across the United States before and during National Pollinator Week educating the public about pollinator decline, and how we all can work together to protect our pollinators. We want to continue the momentum built last spring by sharing resources, engaging communities to take action, and working together to create healthier habitats for pollinators.