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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

Jan 9, 2018 Lynn Gaudette
Jan 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Dec 19, 2017 Tj Pitts
Dec 4, 2017 regula HESS
Nov 21, 2017 Gerri Petersen
Nov 20, 2017 patricia remollino
Nov 20, 2017 carol king
Nov 19, 2017 Barbara Miles
Nov 19, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 15, 2017 Bryan Hoida
Nov 13, 2017 Katherine Bressan I CARE
Nov 11, 2017 Simone Duffin
Nov 11, 2017 Terri Raimondo
Nov 11, 2017 Melissa Armstrong
Nov 10, 2017 Eleonora De Giorgio
Nov 10, 2017 Dominique JOUANIN
Nov 8, 2017 Kathryn Anderson
Nov 8, 2017 Betsy Gudz
Nov 6, 2017 Audrey Holmes
Nov 5, 2017 Rhoda Slanger
Nov 3, 2017 Lindsay Miravalles
Nov 3, 2017 evie hager
Nov 2, 2017 Elena Lange
Nov 2, 2017 veronique Charvet
Nov 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 31, 2017 Cathy Dennler
Oct 30, 2017 Jackie Byrd
Oct 29, 2017 Deborah Goodman
Oct 29, 2017 Ilse Spiegel
Oct 29, 2017 Nancy Butler
Oct 29, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 26, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 26, 2017 Krystal Burroughs
Oct 26, 2017 OSVALDO TOMAS
Oct 25, 2017 Pamela Llewellyn
Oct 25, 2017 sara carroll
Oct 25, 2017 Harold and Georgi Mortensen
Oct 23, 2017 Tami Miller
Oct 22, 2017 Lori Santos
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

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