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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

Jun 25, 2017 MaryJo Wojtczak
Jun 23, 2017 Lindsey Dakin
Jun 23, 2017 Karen Heisler
Jun 22, 2017 Beverly Brown
Jun 22, 2017 Rob Dexter
Jun 22, 2017 Carol Wellman
Jun 21, 2017 Debra Lancia
Jun 20, 2017 Stacy Wykle
Jun 19, 2017 Christina Vawser
Jun 19, 2017 Emily Tucker Honey bees keep our plants alive and flourishing, which feed us and our animals. No bees, no plants. No plants, no animals. No animals or plants, no PEOPLE
Jun 17, 2017 karen gillum
Jun 16, 2017 Manuela Nestler
Jun 16, 2017 johann meza
Jun 15, 2017 Mary Haan
Jun 13, 2017 Linda Ferland
Jun 13, 2017 Karen McHugh
Jun 13, 2017 JODI ABEL
Jun 13, 2017 Bethany Lade
Jun 11, 2017 Linda Ramirez
Jun 10, 2017 Jim Spooner
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 8, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please do the right thing.
Jun 8, 2017 Jacqueline Straw
Jun 8, 2017 Deborah Finney
Jun 8, 2017 Tracy Schalk
Jun 6, 2017 Maiko Kushida
Jun 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 4, 2017 Petra Jones
Jun 3, 2017 Lori Kegler
Jun 3, 2017 Frédéric Jaubert
Jun 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 2, 2017 Alysa Waring
Jun 2, 2017 Yolanda Hershey
Jun 1, 2017 jude lotz
Jun 1, 2017 Constance Jackson
May 31, 2017 Leah Santini
May 31, 2017 Jeanie Preuit
May 31, 2017 Bev Byram
May 31, 2017 LINDA BOYCE
May 29, 2017 Janet Pickard
May 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 29, 2017 Jacqueline Lamoureux
May 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 28, 2017 Ros Giliam
May 27, 2017 Andrew Sulay
May 25, 2017 Sandra Ainsley
May 25, 2017 Cynthia Pealo Save our honey bees. We really need them!
May 23, 2017 Carol Holler
May 23, 2017 Andrea Thompson
May 20, 2017 James Deschene

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