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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

Feb 21, 2017 AnnaM Fisher
Feb 21, 2017 S Sinclaire You reap what you sow, we're next on the agenda... no bees, no food, no humans... just that simple!
Feb 20, 2017 Cara Ammon
Feb 20, 2017 Kenneth Budworth
Feb 18, 2017 Natalia Smirnova
Feb 18, 2017 Bernadette CUELLAR
Feb 18, 2017 diane rockafellow
Feb 16, 2017 Zlata Vsevolskaya
Feb 16, 2017 Kerry Lang
Feb 16, 2017 Karin Braunsberger
Feb 16, 2017 Karen Bunch
Feb 16, 2017 leslie shellberg
Feb 16, 2017 Renee Jones
Feb 15, 2017 Laura Moore
Feb 15, 2017 suzanne nadeau
Feb 13, 2017 Cate Hurlbut
Feb 13, 2017 Gill Reeves
Feb 12, 2017 Myrtle Reynolds
Feb 11, 2017 stuart read
Feb 11, 2017 Nico Sandman
Feb 10, 2017 José Ángel
Feb 9, 2017 Susan Jones
Feb 9, 2017 Carmen Blakely
Feb 9, 2017 Susan Holland
Feb 9, 2017 Libby W.
Feb 9, 2017 Liz S.
Feb 9, 2017 Adele Knox-Roberts
Feb 9, 2017 Adrian Wills
Feb 9, 2017 Kathleen Gardner
Feb 9, 2017 Janie Martinez
Feb 7, 2017 Patrick Sutardjo
Feb 7, 2017 Jeanne Cirillo-Marcus
Feb 5, 2017 Shelby Fry
Feb 5, 2017 Anna Tangi
Feb 5, 2017 Stacey Govito
Feb 4, 2017 Cindy Ray
Feb 4, 2017 Jackey Caldwell Without Honey Bees,the world will die.
Feb 4, 2017 Leslie Giles
Feb 4, 2017 Howard Cohen
Feb 4, 2017 Jessica Powers
Feb 4, 2017 Dalca Carvalho
Feb 4, 2017 Tressa Reisberg
Feb 4, 2017 Franz Owczarek
Feb 1, 2017 Jamie Smith
Jan 31, 2017 Jose Manuel Bargueño
Jan 31, 2017 Sue Swank
Jan 31, 2017 Richard and Mindrum
Jan 31, 2017 Doreen Walter
Jan 30, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 30, 2017 Luke Peterson

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