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On 6/20/2014, President Obama initiated a nationwide "Pollinator Health Task Force" that is dedicated to combating the severe losses sustained by honey bees and other major pollinators. In a Presidential Memorandum released by the Office of the Press Secretary, the President calls on the EPA to reassess the use of dangerous pesticides with a focus on their affect on pollinators. Tell the EPA to take this presidential mandate seriously and ban the use of deadly pesticides!
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Honeybees are vital to our ecosystem. They pollinate plant species that make up a large portion of the crops we consume. Without bees, plants would not be able to reproduce and the core of our agricultural system would crumble.

Right now is the time to take action in favor of saving our bees. Bee populations have begun to see sharp declines in recent years. There are several theories as to why this may be occurring, but the most widely-accepted is that pesticides meant to protect us from other harmful bugs are having the unintended effect of killing off the bees.

The chemical — clothianidin — is very toxic to honeybees. Clothianidin has not been tested properly, and therefore should not be viable for use as a pesticide. We need to know a chemical's full potential before it is used on the food that we consume.

Sign the petition asking the EPA to ban clothianidin until they truly assess its effects on humans and honeybees.

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Dear Administrator Gina McCarthy:

I am writing to express my concern over the declining honeybee population. Since the mid 2000's, honeybees have experienced a steady decrease in their overall population. There are a few factors that could be contributing to this phenomenon, but the most compelling explanation has to do with a chemical called clothianidin.

Clothianidin is manufactured and used for general pest control in crops. While it does help kill off unwanted species of bugs, it's also threatening the honeybees' survival.

Even more disturbing is that clothianidin hasn't been properly tested and experimented upon enough to incite a widespread approval of its use. This means that both humans and useful bug species are consuming this substance while we lack a true knowledge of its effects.

Honeybees pollinate the crops that we enjoy every day — if they were no longer around to do so, plants' abilities to reproduce would be decimated. We need to make sure that the substances we put on our crops are not threatening other species of insects and animals. If we don't, we're simply trading one bad outcome for another.

Please see to it that clothianidin is banned until further evidence to its effectiveness and safety can be proven.

Thank you for your time.

Petition Signatures

Oct 21, 2017 Adeline Wong
Oct 21, 2017 jeanette wilson
Oct 16, 2017 Brent Pennell
Oct 16, 2017 Terri Robb
Oct 15, 2017 Alexa Hilaire
Oct 14, 2017 Bartha Sjoerdsma
Oct 14, 2017 Ina Kornblum
Oct 14, 2017 Joke Haan
Oct 14, 2017 Petra Egging
Oct 14, 2017 Karl-Heinz Braun
Oct 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 13, 2017 Rose Hayet
Oct 13, 2017 Cassie Alford
Oct 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 11, 2017 Elaine Davis
Oct 2, 2017 Eva Sandhammar
Oct 2, 2017 Valérie Drianne
Oct 1, 2017 Laurence Volbart
Sep 29, 2017 LINDA BARRATT
Sep 28, 2017 maria carranza
Sep 28, 2017 Christien Sanders
Sep 28, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Sep 28, 2017 Suzanne Schiesl
Sep 28, 2017 Susan Ellis
Sep 28, 2017 Jamie Phillips
Sep 28, 2017 Jennifer Harnish
Sep 28, 2017 Catherine Brown
Sep 27, 2017 Pamela Trepke
Sep 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 26, 2017 Isabela Calin
Sep 26, 2017 Lisa Sherman
Sep 25, 2017 Sonia Paquin
Sep 24, 2017 Juergen Teuschl
Sep 24, 2017 Sue Pearce
Sep 24, 2017 Janet Clarke
Sep 24, 2017 Setsuko Yamamoto
Sep 23, 2017 Yumiko Starr
Sep 23, 2017 Beth Masck
Sep 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2017 Kathy Mason
Sep 22, 2017 Graciela Rodriguez-Sero
Sep 20, 2017 Laura LaRocca
Sep 20, 2017 Diane Sposili
Sep 19, 2017 Alice Vance
Sep 18, 2017 Mary Collinson
Sep 18, 2017 Lisa MacAllister
Sep 14, 2017 Lauri Moon
Sep 9, 2017 Wanda Mahboub
Sep 7, 2017 Leela Beaudry
Sep 3, 2017 Rebecca Jensen

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