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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

Feb 13, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 12, 2016 Peggy Plummer
Feb 12, 2016 Brandon Danaher
Feb 11, 2016 Kathleen Neuenschwander
Feb 11, 2016 Kimberly Smith
Feb 11, 2016 linda nixon
Feb 11, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 11, 2016 Kathy Kempton
Feb 10, 2016 Kylie Smith
Feb 10, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2016 (Name not displayed) Please save the bee's! !!!
Feb 10, 2016 Barbara Pochop
Feb 10, 2016 tyler yang
Feb 10, 2016 Anne Bryant
Feb 10, 2016 june watford We must act quickly, this is not something that can be put to committees and questioned for years. This is survival.
Feb 10, 2016 (Name not displayed) We truly need the bees. We need to stop killing them.
Feb 10, 2016 Carla Byrnes Please ban pesticides which affect honey bees. Our lives depend on it.
Feb 10, 2016 (Name not displayed) Please Stop killing the earth and all life on it.
Feb 10, 2016 eddy smith
Feb 10, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2016 Heather Donahue
Feb 10, 2016 (Name not displayed) It's just common sense.
Feb 10, 2016 Sandra DeLong
Feb 10, 2016 Terrie Pasche We need to teach older farmers how to farm organically.
Feb 10, 2016 Kathleen Shann
Feb 10, 2016 Lesley Norris
Feb 10, 2016 ERIC OLSON
Feb 10, 2016 (Name not displayed) Save the bees
Feb 10, 2016 Zenda Jones Stop the use of deadly pesticides
Feb 10, 2016 Donna Perkins
Feb 10, 2016 Alan Zimmermann
Feb 10, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2016 Peggy Marlow Sugihara Please, I STRONGLY 'IMPLORE' to your better conscience, to STOP allowing these harmful pesticides. People can still eat and we will still have our VERY NECESSARY Bees!!!!!!!!!!!!
Feb 10, 2016 Loraine Ashley
Feb 10, 2016 Jeneisi Gonzalez
Feb 10, 2016 Sarah Johnson
Feb 10, 2016 Katherine Gugalo
Feb 10, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2016 Serene Schaffer
Feb 10, 2016 Kathleen Meyer
Feb 10, 2016 Virginia Stevens HELP us SAVE the BEES! Please rethink and take action to ban neonicotinoids! There probably is a safer way to treat our crops and not ill the bees and our food supply. Use your heads for us all. Thank you!
Feb 10, 2016 Beth Marcum
Feb 10, 2016 Constance Kinsley A honey bee might be small but it is vital to the earth and humanity. Please act to save our bees.
Feb 9, 2016 Pauline Berg
Feb 9, 2016 Vanna Pichel
Feb 8, 2016 Donoss Anya Marysa
Feb 7, 2016 karen presson
Feb 6, 2016 Tracy Koch
Feb 6, 2016 Patricia Morgan
Feb 6, 2016 (Name not displayed)

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