The Beekeepers Association of America (BA) and its beekeepers are calling on Congress to protect the bees from the venomous stings that are the main source of deaths among honeybees.
In addition, they are urging lawmakers to pass a federal law requiring mandatory vaccination of bees.
The groups also want to see a nationwide moratorium on neonicotinoid pesticides.
“We’re in a crisis,” said BAA president and CEO Jim Clements.
“We’re at a point where people are saying, ‘We have to get these toxins out of our food.'”
The BAA is a national beekeepers association with more than 50,000 members.
It is the only beekeepers group that advocates for bee health and sustainability.
It also has a membership of about 1,000 beekeepers.
The group is an industry trade group that represents companies, agribusinesses, and farmers.
The association does not lobby lawmakers.
But Clements said the association does have a stake in protecting bees from their stings.
He said the beekeepers industry has been hit hard by the neonic pesticides that were being used to control the bees and the loss of honeybees in the U.S. The decline of honeybee populations is one of the main causes of the decline in beekeepers productivity.
“I believe it is our responsibility to protect bees,” Clements told Newsweek.
“This is a serious crisis and we have to come together to solve it,” he said.
The beekeepers have long argued that the pesticides that are in use today are damaging to the environment.
A recent poll of beekeepers in California found that 80 percent of respondents said they were concerned about the impact of pesticides on their ability to care for bees.
Last year, the poll also found that beekeepers were more likely to be concerned about pesticides used to treat the common cold than about pesticides that cause bee deaths.
In 2015, the BAA called on Congress and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop a “one-size-fits-all” strategy to protect honeybees from neonic toxins.
The BAA’s executive director, Dan Vazquez, said that the strategy must include a comprehensive approach to protecting bees.
He said the group is working with industry stakeholders to develop proposals to address these issues.
For instance, Vazcer said that companies have been working with farmers to develop strategies to address the issues with neonic-toxin use.
The BAAA is also working to encourage farmers to buy neonic products.
But, Vacquez said, the group does not want to discourage the use of these products.
“It’s about finding a way for farmers to use neonic compounds responsibly,” Vazsquez said.
“The solution is not just to make these products more expensive.”