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Native pollinators like bees play an essential role in maintaining a healthy environment. They are also 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, neonicotinoids, affects pollinators like honeybees. Since neonicotinoids first became widely used in the mid-2000s, roughly one-quarter of America's honeybee hives have collapsed in recent winters. Although there are multiple causes for the collapse, we must take action to ensure that insecticides are fully vetted to ensure that they are safe for bees and other pollinators before they are allowed for use on farms or orchards.

Urge the EPA to refuse to approve any insecticides unless scientists confirm they do not endanger bees and other pollinators.

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

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-quarter of America's honeybee hives have collapsed in recent winters. Allowing another of these insecticides to be used on millions of acres of farms and orchards will only make the situation worse.

In the past, the EPA has approved insecticides despite warnings from your own scientists that the products could be "very highly toxic" to honeybees. We need to ensure that insecticides are fully vetted to ensure that they do not endanger pollinators before they are approved for use. We cannot afford a collapse in pollinator species populations — our nation's food security and countless wildlife depend on it. I urge you to refuse to register any insecticides unless scientists confirm that they do not endanger bees and other pollinators.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2018 Lori Grochowski
May 21, 2018 Jaci Taylor
May 20, 2018 Sue White
May 18, 2018 laura Haworth
May 17, 2018 sylvia kurdjian
May 16, 2018 Richard Bosboom
May 16, 2018 Deborah Romano
May 14, 2018 ΓΙΩΡΓΟΣ ΠΑΠΑΦΛΩΡΑΤΟΣ
May 9, 2018 Corinne WOITIEZ
May 9, 2018 Lynne Minore
May 9, 2018 Karen Wagner Pesticides are not just harmful for bees; they pose cancer and nervous system damage to humans as well. Why does it make sense to poison our food chain?
May 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 3, 2018 Lisa Saunders
Apr 30, 2018 Gabriele Jefferson
Apr 27, 2018 suzanne caruso
Apr 26, 2018 Alison Ridgeway
Apr 25, 2018 Sophie Benger
Apr 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2018 Jeffrey Wiles Quit messing up EPA..STOP approving bee-killing insecticides!!!
Apr 23, 2018 carine verfaillie
Apr 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2018 Diane D Don't drag your feet on laws that must be passed to restrict the use of pesticides that are killing our natural honey bees & threatening our food supply on this planet! This administration is shameful with so many EPA reversals!!
Apr 23, 2018 Carol Brecht-Wiles
Apr 23, 2018 Ginger Gorum
Apr 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2018 Becky Mastoras
Apr 23, 2018 Frostianne Sewell You better do something about these Insecticides or we are in for big trouble. STOP the GMO's. What are the matter with those Monsanto people.
Apr 23, 2018 K. Goodrum
Apr 23, 2018 Tania rezvan
Apr 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2018 Stephen Cahill This is threatening our food supply, without bee's there are no pollenized fruits, vegetables etc....
Apr 23, 2018 Sally Simpson
Apr 23, 2018 Pamela Sanseri
Apr 23, 2018 Joyce Kolasa
Apr 23, 2018 Marceyne Scharp
Apr 23, 2018 Ann Erbacher Grey
Apr 23, 2018 Bill Nolan
Apr 23, 2018 Charlene Bickford
Apr 23, 2018 Vera Osidach
Apr 23, 2018 Shirl Donahue
Apr 23, 2018 Anne Corrigan
Apr 23, 2018 Kathleen Querner
Apr 23, 2018 Sandy Sundquist I cannot imagine that the EPA doesn't know the seriousness of using these pesticides that are killing our bees. They are the pollinators we need to have forever and if the use of poisons continues, we will be out of luck. Do the right thing!
Apr 23, 2018 Diane Gudatis
Apr 23, 2018 Patricia Cameron
Apr 23, 2018 Cindy Utities-Heart
Apr 23, 2018 Henry Mongrain Pass laws requiring labels on foods grown with pesticides.
Apr 23, 2018 Jane Flowers save the bees
Apr 23, 2018 Sandra Bohner

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