Bee Friendly Food Alliance
The Bee Friendly Food Alliance is a network of chefs, restaurants, and others in the food industry coming together to save the bees. With so much at stake, chefs and restaurant owners are doing their part and making their voices heard by the public and decision-makers.
Why do we need to save the bees?
Millions of bees are dying off across the country with alarming consequences for the environment and our food supply. While a number of factors are contributing to the bee die-off, a key one is the increased use of a class of bee-killing pesticides called neonicotinoids, or neonics.
Numerous independent studies confirm neonics are harmful to bees. Neonic use has increased dramatically over the past decade. For example, neonicotinoid pesticide use on corn has increased from 30% to nearly 80% since 2000.
Without bees, major sources of food, including a wide assortment of fruits and vegetables and even coffee and chocolate, would be lost. In addition, because bees pollinate alfalfa eaten by dairy cows -- many of our milk products could be lost.
And without bees, we would lose honey. In 2014, honey production from beekeepers who kept five or more colonies totaled 178 million pounds –- that’s a lot of honey! It’s hard to understate the impact on the restaurant industry if we don’t save the bees.
What does the Bee Friendly Food Alliance do?
The alliance keeps chefs, restaurant owners, and others in the food industry updated on the problems facing bees. It also provides opportunities to take action and educate customers about bees. Earlier this year, 235 chefs and restaurateurs sent a letter calling on the EPA to ban bee-killing pesticides.
Another way to get involved is to put the Bee Friendly Food Alliance logo in your restaurant's window or on the menu to show support for protecting bees.
We're working to save the bees
We’re educating and engaging tens of thousands of Americans through our No Bees, No Food campaign. Take a look at our work here.
In the wake of Environment California’s successful campaign to commit the Golden State to 100 percent clean electricity generation by 2045, PennEnvironment is launching a multi-year campaign to convince America to set similar goals to transition to clean energy.
- Marcia Durgin, Owner, Crossroads Bake Shop, Inc., Doylestown, PA
- Katie Brennan and Shannon Clark, TerraCafe, Easton, PA
- Milan Dhir Sandhu, Mon Amis*, Kennett Square, PA
- Christopher Lillis, Director of Operations, Second District Brewing Co., South Philadelphia Tap Room, and American Sardine Bar, Philadelphia, PA
- Kevin Hermann, Executive Chef, The Porch at Schenley, Pittsburgh, PA
- Sue Long, Owner, Sue's Chestnut Street Cafe, West Chester, PA
- DylanEgan, Yogorino, Philadelphia, PA
- Julieanne DeSaluo, Manager, Little Baby's Ice Cream, Philadelphia, PA
- Will Gross, Owner, Ox Coffee, Philadelphia, PA
- Cathleen Collins, Manager, Philly Fair Trade Roasters & Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
- Eric Clark, Manager, Bare Burger, Philadelphia, PA
- Jiji Thomas, General Manager, Karma Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA
- Sal D'Angelo, D'Angelo's Ristorante italiano, Philadelphia, PA
- Oh! Shea's!, Philadelphia, PA
- John Nicolo, General Manager, Rooster Soup Company, Philadelphia, PA
- Tom Peters, Owner, Monk's Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
- Linda Wolfe, General Manager, Square One Coffee, Philadelphia, PA
- *Restaurant listed for identification purpose only