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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

Aug 20, 2017 Mary Webb
Aug 20, 2017 Karissa Ostheimer
Aug 20, 2017 Kim Hanke
Aug 20, 2017 Randy Messinger
Aug 19, 2017 tamatha hunter
Aug 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2017 Julie Hansen
Aug 15, 2017 Margaret Iacangelo
Aug 15, 2017 MICHAEL ROSSI
Aug 15, 2017 Carla Presnell
Aug 14, 2017 Amy Chevalier
Aug 13, 2017 Hinda Joy Laury
Aug 13, 2017 Laurine League
Aug 10, 2017 susan chapman
Aug 10, 2017 Ashley Wang
Aug 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 10, 2017 Jean Thompson
Aug 8, 2017 Donna Gilbert
Aug 8, 2017 Haylee Hepner
Aug 8, 2017 Inês Correia
Aug 8, 2017 Joanne Koulavongsa
Aug 7, 2017 Sheila White
Aug 7, 2017 Justine Boneberg
Aug 3, 2017 J. Scott
Aug 2, 2017 Attila Teberoglu
Aug 2, 2017 silke kleinhenz
Aug 2, 2017 Jean Kim
Jul 31, 2017 CINDY COLLIER
Jul 29, 2017 Irene Bollington
Jul 29, 2017 Janet Petermann
Jul 28, 2017 Kimberly Boden
Jul 28, 2017 Jessica McCormick
Jul 25, 2017 G Tompkins
Jul 24, 2017 Kerry Gunby Bee friendly gardens are possible even in the big picture!
Jul 24, 2017 William Tarbox
Jul 23, 2017 P Garbett
Jul 22, 2017 Leigha Henson
Jul 22, 2017 Sara Willis
Jul 22, 2017 Vivian Lieb
Jul 22, 2017 Наталья Буравова
Jul 22, 2017 carol gagnon
Jul 21, 2017 Brenda Smith
Jul 21, 2017 Theresa Murphy
Jul 20, 2017 Linda Anderson
Jul 20, 2017 Sophie Miranda
Jul 20, 2017 Janice Cooper
Jul 20, 2017 Ariana Johns
Jul 20, 2017 Lesa Jadidi

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