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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

Mar 2, 2015 Tucker Setterberg
Mar 1, 2015 Suzanne Twohig
Mar 1, 2015 Judith Sheppard
Feb 28, 2015 michelle krueger
Feb 28, 2015 Ms. Saba Alemayehu
Feb 28, 2015 Maria Phillipson
Feb 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 27, 2015 Daniela Wever
Feb 27, 2015 Wendy Sentance Without bees, our food supply would be drastically reduced. Stop using pesticides that kill our bees. Some people only listen when it's too late, so it's time to do the right thing now to invest in our sustainable future.
Feb 27, 2015 barbara adams
Feb 27, 2015 steven rothstein
Feb 27, 2015 Carol Sears
Feb 27, 2015 Steve Martin
Feb 27, 2015 Janet Lynch
Feb 27, 2015 Suzanette Hancock
Feb 26, 2015 Rebekah King
Feb 26, 2015 shara kent
Feb 25, 2015 marianna guseva
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Feb 25, 2015 Jordi Malgà
Feb 25, 2015 Elise Buffie
Feb 24, 2015 Gabrielle Bueno
Feb 23, 2015 Martina Dietl
Feb 22, 2015 Ben Cooper
Feb 22, 2015 Deborah Lombardi
Feb 21, 2015 Crystal Kimmel
Feb 21, 2015 Michele Villeneuve
Feb 21, 2015 Laura Thomas
Feb 20, 2015 Regina Cracchiolo
Feb 19, 2015 Roberta Thompson-Hopkins
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Feb 18, 2015 Karen Cowen
Feb 18, 2015 Mary Hatzigiannis
Feb 18, 2015 jeff boden
Feb 18, 2015 pamela guyon
Feb 18, 2015 Floyd Powell
Feb 18, 2015 Linda Lippner
Feb 18, 2015 Becky Wojtysiak
Feb 17, 2015 Bruce Bemiller
Feb 17, 2015 Naomi Itkine
Feb 16, 2015 Heather Bates
Feb 15, 2015 Philip Cunningham
Feb 15, 2015 Janice Briggs
Feb 15, 2015 Fill Caps
Feb 15, 2015 S Matthews
Feb 14, 2015 Julie Kiran
Feb 14, 2015 Oral Arthur
Feb 13, 2015 Gilay Oliveira Souza de Azevedo
Feb 13, 2015 Jacqueline Fitch
Feb 13, 2015 Judith Brown

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