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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

Apr 23, 2017 lisa lewis
Apr 21, 2017 Nicholas Lee
Apr 20, 2017 michelle johnson
Apr 20, 2017 Ian Finch-James
Apr 20, 2017 Teresa Cowley
Apr 18, 2017 Tanja Gistl
Apr 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2017 Charlotte Vrancart
Apr 16, 2017 Martin Henz
Apr 15, 2017 Sarah Townsend
Apr 14, 2017 Baylee Markwell
Apr 11, 2017 Joanna Prideaux
Apr 11, 2017 Audrey Farrelly
Apr 9, 2017 Rachel Taberner
Apr 7, 2017 Jon waldrop
Apr 5, 2017 debbi pratt
Apr 5, 2017 Susan Fisher
Apr 4, 2017 Pamela Rogers
Apr 4, 2017 sylvia craft
Apr 4, 2017 kayla craft
Apr 4, 2017 matthew robinson
Apr 3, 2017 melissa suarez
Apr 3, 2017 merrilee roberts
Apr 3, 2017 Stephen Moyer
Apr 3, 2017 bob hammond
Apr 3, 2017 Beatriz Zebadua
Apr 3, 2017 Nancy Rooney
Apr 3, 2017 Bill Rubin
Apr 3, 2017 Deborah Lill
Apr 2, 2017 lisa hamilton
Apr 2, 2017 Charmaine Shannon
Apr 1, 2017 Kara Walmsley
Apr 1, 2017 Marie Geerings
Mar 31, 2017 Tim Young
Mar 30, 2017 Kenneth Liesche
Mar 30, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 28, 2017 Robert Ortiz
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

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