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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

Nov 21, 2014 Marisela Vega
Nov 21, 2014 robert connolly
Nov 21, 2014 Rose Lynd
Nov 21, 2014 Nicolas Auclaire
Nov 21, 2014 Dyan Petherick Its time to end corruption and deforestation! Its time to unite as one and save our world and all the creatures that coinhabite along side us!
Nov 20, 2014 Igor Kozlov
Nov 20, 2014 Sylvia Gries
Nov 20, 2014 Dave Rogers
Nov 19, 2014 Jessica Edwards
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Nov 17, 2014 Terry McGregor
Nov 17, 2014 Kale Sael
Nov 16, 2014 Lois Schreur
Nov 15, 2014 Christina Nicholas
Nov 14, 2014 Judy Spaulding
Nov 14, 2014 Susan Byrne
Nov 14, 2014 michal gilead
Nov 14, 2014 Janice Hoepfner
Nov 13, 2014 Holly Kasten
Nov 13, 2014 Ashley Wentzel
Nov 13, 2014 Autumn Amsallen
Nov 13, 2014 ell hekner
Nov 12, 2014 barb Stehman
Nov 12, 2014 Eilis Scott
Nov 12, 2014 eve cowell this is so important we must do all we can to find out why and protect them.
Nov 12, 2014 David Romportl
Nov 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 12, 2014 Kim Singer
Nov 12, 2014 Monique Treppe
Nov 12, 2014 alfed papillon Bees equal food for all; No bees equal no food for any.
Nov 12, 2014 Elak Swindell
Nov 12, 2014 Ann Bertens
Nov 12, 2014 Penny Fleischman
Nov 11, 2014 Robert Butler
Nov 11, 2014 John Manrow Neonicotinoids need to be banned immediately. Do whatever it takes to make this happen.
Nov 11, 2014 Moira Monahan
Nov 11, 2014 Jennifer Basaraba Sprague
Nov 11, 2014 antonio mattei
Nov 11, 2014 Savannah Gee
Nov 11, 2014 rennie reneau Stop producing stuff that harms the bees
Nov 10, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 10, 2014 Robert Petermann
Nov 10, 2014 Jinah Yoon
Nov 10, 2014 (Name not displayed) EPA your action is paramount, immensely harmful pesticides must e outlawed...!!!
Nov 10, 2014 della munnich
Nov 10, 2014 Phillippa and Norman Theodore-Smith It is very important that we ban the pesticides that are killing the bees. We all know they are our lifeline and without bees the system of ecology would be in a very bad state.
Nov 10, 2014 Roswitha Hanowski
Nov 10, 2014 Jeanne Dotter
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