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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

May 28, 2017 Ros Giliam
May 27, 2017 Andrew Sulay
May 25, 2017 Sandra Ainsley
May 25, 2017 Cynthia Pealo Save our honey bees. We really need them!
May 23, 2017 Carol Holler
May 23, 2017 Andrea Thompson
May 20, 2017 James Deschene
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 19, 2017 Tony Lilich
May 19, 2017 Ginger Hipszky
May 19, 2017 Susan Purcell
May 19, 2017 Michelle Dumar
May 16, 2017 erek king
May 16, 2017 Alyssa Walls
May 16, 2017 Victor Sella-Villa
May 15, 2017 Helen Wright
May 15, 2017 Artur Xavier
May 15, 2017 Janice Flood
May 11, 2017 caroline earnshaw
May 11, 2017 sjef jansen
May 9, 2017 Mary Salerno
May 9, 2017 Suzanne Salerno
May 9, 2017 Dat Tran
May 8, 2017 Anne Bekkers
May 7, 2017 Jayne DellEra
May 6, 2017 Marcia Thibodeau
May 6, 2017 Susan Richmond
May 6, 2017 Diana Grob
May 5, 2017 julie munson
May 5, 2017 Patricia Kreger
May 5, 2017 Natasha Jenkins
May 5, 2017 Kalliope M.
May 4, 2017 corina mitrov
May 3, 2017 Sonia Hernandez
May 3, 2017 Gabi Sorrell
May 1, 2017 Jo Smith
May 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 30, 2017 NATHALIE GOVI
Apr 29, 2017 Rebecca Genaro Honeybees play a crucial roll in growing the food we eat. If they become extinct, our ecosystem will diminish!
Apr 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 27, 2017 Brendan Tennefoss
Apr 26, 2017 Sandra Miller
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)

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