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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!
Goal: 50,000 Progress: 40,624
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It's long been known that Earth's honey bee population is decreasing at an alarming rate. The fact is, much of our natural ecosystem depends on the processes involved with bee pollination, and if this pollination cannot happen, many of our crops — from broccoli to strawberries — will be in grave peril.

In fact, honey bee deaths are reaching a critical point, whereby it may not be possible to reverse the damage. The good news is that much of the population decline can be attributed to reversible human actions, including the use of neonicotinoids, insecticides chemically related to nicotine that cause honeybees, bumblebees, and beneficial ladybugs to literally drop dead.

We can afford insects eating our plant life; but we simply cannot afford a decimation of the honey bee. Write to the EPA asking that these immensely harmful pesticides are outlawed.

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Dear Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe:

If we don't act now to save Earth's honey bee population, we could reach a critical point of no return. You see, the planet's honey bees have been in steady decline for several years now — climate change, parasites, habitat loss are all contributors. Some of these issues are going to be difficult to tackle, but there's one catalyst that humans can act on right now.

Bees are dying in large numbers as a result of the use of certain neonicotinoids to treat our crops over the past decade. Previously thought to be non-toxic to these precious pollinators, more recent peer-reviewed studies have linked the proliferation of neonicotinoids to a decrease in queen production and an increase in "disappeared" bees, the ones that never return to the hive from their foraging trips.

While insect pests are detrimental to our crops, the loss of our honey bees would be catastrophic. We can handle some less-than-ideal produce. But we can't handle a total decimation of our food supply as a result of lack of bee pollination.

You have the power to save our nation's food supply. Don't let this opportunity slip away: outlaw the use of the neonicotinoids killing our honey bees.

Petition Signatures

Jul 7, 2015 Joseph Hankin
Jul 6, 2015 Judy Goldman
Jul 6, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 6, 2015 barb horban
Jul 6, 2015 Maggie Dunn
Jul 5, 2015 lori lusk
Jul 3, 2015 Maxine Wright Bees are necessary for pollinating fruits and veggies. It does harm to so many things we need to keep using this pesticide. Please stop the use of it for all our sakes. It's like cutting off your nose to spite your face.
Jul 3, 2015 james webb
Jul 2, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 2, 2015 Gunnar Lien
Jul 1, 2015 Jacqui-Lyn Zellner
Jul 1, 2015 Lea Faulks
Jul 1, 2015 Wendy Little We need the Bees.
Jul 1, 2015 Bonnie Hughes
Jul 1, 2015 Alicia Watson
Jun 30, 2015 Chris Hancock
Jun 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 29, 2015 Celina Silva
Jun 29, 2015 Majbritt Engbo Nielsen
Jun 28, 2015 Nicola Wellbelove
Jun 27, 2015 Debbie Bunn We need our bees please protect them.
Jun 26, 2015 andras zambori
Jun 25, 2015 Kim Decker
Jun 25, 2015 Stelios Armenis kind of showing some gratitude
Jun 25, 2015 Sybil Phillips It is crucial that this pesticide be banned. It does to the bee what nicotine does to humans.
Jun 25, 2015 mirella parmigiani
Jun 24, 2015 Dianne Winter We need bees to eat the much needed food we need, vegetables, fruit and meat. If there is even the smallest possiblity that chemicals are killing bees, we need to stop the use of those chemicals. Stop the use until we know whether these chemicals are
Jun 24, 2015 teressa wideman+norse
Jun 24, 2015 Helen Price
Jun 24, 2015 B Horton Stop the neonicotinoids as other countries have done. We must think long term here to survive.
Jun 24, 2015 brenda cockerham please do whatever it takes to increase the bee population.
Jun 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 24, 2015 Susan Fielden
Jun 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 24, 2015 Patricia Maple
Jun 24, 2015 doreen Cleveland
Jun 24, 2015 sandra goldfuss the time to act is now!!!
Jun 24, 2015 Kristine Hutchin Bees are the agent that gives us food. They're pretty incredible creatures. They are part of the world ecosystem. They must be protected!
Jun 23, 2015 Zeda F. Ruhl I guess I don't know how the EPA works? I thought you people were supposed to be protecting our Planet. DO YOUR JOB!!!
Jun 23, 2015 Katie Coventry Save our bees. and save people. If this is killing bees what is this doing to us humans over time?
Jun 23, 2015 carol gregus absolutely ban everything harmful to the honey bees and our environment in general!
Jun 23, 2015 John Campbell
Jun 23, 2015 MaryAnne Kerns Save our bee's, if the bee's are dieing what is this crap doing to us?
Jun 23, 2015 PJ Lewis
Jun 23, 2015 bobbie jo carling
Jun 23, 2015 Brenda Groat we must stop this now!
Jun 23, 2015 Vikki Dotson
Jun 23, 2015 Shirley Harris
Jun 23, 2015 JoAnna Becvar
Jun 23, 2015 Zachary Danko

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