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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

Mar 27, 2017 Jade Smith
Mar 25, 2017 Jeanne Sheffer
Mar 25, 2017 Donna Deese
Mar 23, 2017 JOHN HILL
Mar 23, 2017 Lisa Rezendes
Mar 21, 2017 Sharon Gilman
Mar 21, 2017 dan murphy
Mar 20, 2017 Diana Crall
Mar 20, 2017 Lone Klitgaard
Mar 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 19, 2017 wolf goldschmitt
Mar 18, 2017 JANE Rosa
Mar 17, 2017 Marilyn Miravalles
Mar 17, 2017 corinne etancelin
Mar 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 17, 2017 Harolyn Giordano clothianidin has not been properly tested for pesticide safety - ban its usage NOW
Mar 17, 2017 Michèle Haudebourg
Mar 17, 2017 Nadine Schramm
Mar 16, 2017 anita maldonado
Mar 14, 2017 Erika Fromme
Mar 14, 2017 beatrice longour
Mar 12, 2017 Carl Hoffmeister
Mar 10, 2017 Carol Blissing
Mar 10, 2017 Corey Williams
Mar 10, 2017 Heather Cohen
Mar 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 8, 2017 Kyriaki P
Mar 8, 2017 Sharon brink
Mar 8, 2017 Audrey Morgan
Mar 7, 2017 Kim Johns
Mar 7, 2017 Evangelia Avrampou
Mar 7, 2017 Joanne Montgomery
Mar 4, 2017 Brad Horner
Mar 2, 2017 Beatrice Narbona
Mar 2, 2017 Georgia Carver
Mar 2, 2017 Dory Schnur
Mar 2, 2017 Christine Jordan
Mar 2, 2017 Maria Johnson
Mar 2, 2017 K. Pussa
Mar 2, 2017 Patricia Salazar Luna
Mar 2, 2017 Buffy Downing
Mar 2, 2017 Suzan Kennedy-Wilson
Mar 2, 2017 Eva Garet
Mar 2, 2017 Sinje Fromme-Sachs
Mar 1, 2017 Garry Lough
Feb 26, 2017 labarre Paola
Feb 25, 2017 Dorothy Hazlitt
Feb 22, 2017 Juan Martinez
Feb 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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