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Native pollinators like bees play an essential role in the environment and are an indispensable part of our agricultural system. Many foods that we eat depend on crops pollinated by honeybees and 90% of all flowering plants require pollinators to reproduce. But in recent years, bees and other pollinators have been disappearing at alarming rates, causing widespread concern that these important species could be wiped out altogether.

A widely used class of insecticides called neonicotinoids affects pollinators including honeybees. Since neonicotinoids first became widely used in the mid-2000s, roughly one-third of America's honeybee colonies have collapsed each year. Allowing even one more of these insecticides to be used on farms and orchards will only make the situation worse.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently approved a new insecticide called sulfoxaflor even though their own scientists considered the product to be similar to neonicotinoids and "very highly toxic" to honeybees. We need to ensure that this insecticide, and others like it, does not get out into the environment. We cannot afford a collapse in pollinator populations.

Urge the EPA to refuse to approve any insecticides unless scientists confirm they present no threat to bees and other pollinators.

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I am writing to ask that the EPA protect bees and other pollinators.

Native pollinators like bees play an essential role in the environment and are an indispensable part of our agricultural system. Many foods that we eat depend on crops pollinated by honeybees and 90% of all flowering plants require pollinators to reproduce. But in recent years, bees and other pollinators have been disappearing at alarming rates, causing widespread concern that these important species could be wiped out altogether.

Since insecticides like neonicotinoids first became widely used in the mid-2000s, roughly one-third of America's honeybee colonies have collapsed each year. Allowing another of these insecticides to be used on millions of acres of farms and orchards will only make the situation worse.

Recently, your agency registered a new insecticide called sulfoxaflor even though the EPA's own scientists considered the product to be similar to neonicotinoids and "very highly toxic" to honeybees. We need to ensure that this insecticide, and others like it, does not get out into the environment. We cannot afford a collapse in pollinator species populations.

I urge you to refuse to register any insecticides unless scientists confirm they present no threat to bees and other pollinators.

Sincerely,

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Sep 16, 2017 Lola Schiefelbein
Sep 11, 2017 Liliana Elliot
Sep 11, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Sep 9, 2017 Wanda Mahboub
Sep 6, 2017 Deborah Caleb
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Sep 3, 2017 Jameson Sachs
Aug 31, 2017 Wanda Majeski
Aug 31, 2017 Victoria Desmond
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Aug 29, 2017 Ben Cachola
Aug 29, 2017 Alyssa Oggiono
Aug 26, 2017 Susan Hopf
Aug 23, 2017 Catherine D.
Aug 21, 2017 Helen Savkovic
Aug 20, 2017 Melissa Bird
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Aug 17, 2017 Jessica McCauley
Aug 17, 2017 Apryl Mefford-Hemauer
Aug 16, 2017 Jordy Albert
Aug 16, 2017 Julie Reid
Aug 13, 2017 Dominique JOUANIN
Aug 12, 2017 diane clayton
Aug 11, 2017 Carly Thompson
Aug 11, 2017 Debbie Foster
Aug 10, 2017 Judith Sloane
Aug 10, 2017 John Atkins
Aug 8, 2017 Inês Correia
Aug 8, 2017 Joanne Koulavongsa
Aug 7, 2017 sarah craven
Aug 7, 2017 Ivan Zhyvolup
Aug 6, 2017 Paula Onoff
Aug 5, 2017 Susan Sellers
Aug 4, 2017 Laurine League
Aug 4, 2017 Margaret Iacangelo
Aug 2, 2017 Ornella Micone
Aug 2, 2017 mary ann cavallero
Jul 31, 2017 KAREN WASSING
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Jul 28, 2017 Louise Broderick
Jul 28, 2017 Shubra Sachdev
Jul 27, 2017 Martha Soto
Jul 27, 2017 Martha Soto
Jul 27, 2017 Paola Rebellon
Jul 27, 2017 Michelle Campbell
Jul 25, 2017 Kimberley Clack
Jul 25, 2017 Staci Sherwood
Jul 25, 2017 Wanda Norgaard
Jul 24, 2017 Yola Stavridou
Jul 24, 2017 Kerry Gunby We're in a world of hurt if we lose these guys!

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