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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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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 28, 2016 Tia Kobos Please there are other eco-friendly pesticides that can be used. Most of the deadly pesticides have been outlawed, we need our honey bees and all other insects. Every living creature created has a purpose in our ecosystem of life.
Jul 28, 2016 Cathy Stephens
Jul 28, 2016 Barbara Lamberta
Jul 28, 2016 Jacqueline Clare
Jul 28, 2016 Jay Starr
Jul 28, 2016 Nancy Arnold We need the bees!
Jul 27, 2016 Karen Neubauer The fact is that of the 100 crop species that provide 90 per cent of the world’s food, over 70 are pollinated by bees!! They are amazing and we MUST protect them! SAVE THE BEES!!
Jul 27, 2016 Elizabeth Devore
Jul 27, 2016 Connie Jo Smith Honey bees are vital and essential to our eco system. Help them from becoming extinct by finding other means to protect produce.
Jul 27, 2016 Diane Kadomoto
Jul 26, 2016 Lorraine Greyvenstein
Jul 24, 2016 Charmaine Shannon
Jul 24, 2016 Jieun Bak
Jul 24, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2016 Flavia Coll
Jul 21, 2016 Ida Lopez
Jul 21, 2016 Victoria Huddleston
Jul 20, 2016 Lora Alm
Jul 20, 2016 Brittany Riedmayer
Jul 20, 2016 Amanda Souza
Jul 19, 2016 karin haberthuer
Jul 19, 2016 Angela Jensen
Jul 19, 2016 Robin Hughes
Jul 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2016 Juls Robertson
Jul 18, 2016 Charlotte Gray
Jul 18, 2016 Joleen Bam
Jul 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2016 Алексей Жезлов
Jul 18, 2016 Janice Siemucha
Jul 16, 2016 wendy chambers
Jul 14, 2016 Martina Riordon
Jul 14, 2016 Gwen Walsh
Jul 14, 2016 André Henrique Bacci
Jul 14, 2016 Sarah Robbins At one time, farmers didn't have to pay for bees to pollenate their crops. It happened for free. Now they do. An added expense. Even if you're not environmentally concerned, this doesn't make business sense.
Jul 13, 2016 Rebecca Patterson
Jul 12, 2016 Shooting Star The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Jul 12, 2016 Karen and Joe Lansdale
Jul 12, 2016 Maria Yanshina
Jul 10, 2016 Crystal Walker
Jul 10, 2016 Gerald Wilkins
Jul 9, 2016 Tanja Reitz
Jul 7, 2016 Natalia Drzewicka
Jul 7, 2016 Jacqueline Underwood
Jul 6, 2016 Mike Bull
Jul 6, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 6, 2016 Evelyne DOMPMARTIN-DERI
Jul 6, 2016 Aurora Fuentes
Jul 5, 2016 Lauren Osborne They are the pollinators of the world. There's none like them. If we lose the bees, we lose food, we lose the health of our gardens. We can never replicate what the bees do as efficiently as they do it. They are marvels of nature.
Jul 4, 2016 Bonnie Steiger

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