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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

Jun 27, 2016 Marina Bruce
Jun 25, 2016 Jillyanne Downs
Jun 24, 2016 Kathleen Shann
Jun 23, 2016 Alexander Yeung
Jun 23, 2016 Megan Tunstall
Jun 22, 2016 Kathleen Nowicki
Jun 22, 2016 Angela Thomas
Jun 22, 2016 Billie Orechovesky
Jun 22, 2016 Elaine Waldron
Jun 22, 2016 CHRIS KULCZAK
Jun 22, 2016 Toni-leigh Milner
Jun 20, 2016 Petra Jones
Jun 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2016 John Chambers
Jun 14, 2016 Millie De Rose
Jun 13, 2016 Marie Hutchens
Jun 13, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 13, 2016 Magdalena Czeblakow
Jun 13, 2016 julie ellis
Jun 13, 2016 Barbara Gale
Jun 13, 2016 Teresa Babcock We need our bees! Please ban neonicotinoid pesticides! NOW!!!
Jun 13, 2016 Melissa Curtis
Jun 13, 2016 shirley NEJADFARD
Jun 13, 2016 Roberta Meyers
Jun 13, 2016 Sharon Sittinger Save our honey bees
Jun 13, 2016 Rachel Smith Stop using poison
Jun 13, 2016 Jenny Klingler
Jun 12, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 12, 2016 Kristina Nickens
Jun 12, 2016 Windy Harvie
Jun 12, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 12, 2016 (Name not displayed) PLEASE outlaw the use of neonicotinoids that are killing our honey bees. Please. We all have to start doing whatever we can to help save the earth and the population.
Jun 12, 2016 Marc Valentine
Jun 12, 2016 (Name not displayed) I'm allergic to bees with life threatening results! But I understand why we need the bees to continue pollination an this pesticide needs to be ban Immediately!!!!
Jun 12, 2016 ayako makishita
Jun 12, 2016 Amanda Gimpel
Jun 11, 2016 Audrey GEOFFROY
Jun 10, 2016 joyce lee
Jun 10, 2016 牧瀬 千佳
Jun 10, 2016 Melinda Funk
Jun 10, 2016 Karina Otero Half-Earth Project - - Respect nature! Respect life! Respect yourself! - Thanks!
Jun 10, 2016 Anne Ferranti
Jun 10, 2016 Glenna Harris
Jun 8, 2016 Frances Surratt
Jun 7, 2016 natalia ilina
Jun 7, 2016 Sylvie MALLEVAL
Jun 6, 2016 Elena Babkin
Jun 6, 2016 Susan laube
Jun 6, 2016 miceu tavares

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