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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

Oct 31, 2014 dr vipul dave
Oct 30, 2014 Emily Young
Oct 30, 2014 Emily Dickinson-Adams
Oct 30, 2014 jordan schultz
Oct 30, 2014 R. E. Kish "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated..." Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Gandhi was assassinated on 30 January 1948, and shot at point-blank-range by Nathuram Godse).
Oct 30, 2014 Preston Venasse
Oct 30, 2014 Susan Madden
Oct 30, 2014 D'Arave Willmore
Oct 30, 2014 heidi rodriguez
Oct 29, 2014 Miquel López López
Oct 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 29, 2014 Chelsea Ruiz
Oct 29, 2014 Linda Flynn
Oct 29, 2014 Amy Wiesner
Oct 29, 2014 Andrew Webb
Oct 29, 2014 Christiane Santos
Oct 29, 2014 maureen boag
Oct 29, 2014 luba beganovic
Oct 28, 2014 Sarina Stone These chemicals are NOT ok in Europe, but it's ok to kill off Americans by slowly poisoning us and destroying bees? SHAME ON YOU.
Oct 28, 2014 Carol Taylor
Oct 28, 2014 Carol Taylor
Oct 27, 2014 Katherine Proulx
Oct 27, 2014 ERIN MCCARTY
Oct 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 26, 2014 Lynn Currier
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Oct 25, 2014 Laura Horning
Oct 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 25, 2014 Teresa King
Oct 25, 2014 Eivor Rydén
Oct 25, 2014 kathy byrne
Oct 25, 2014 Jo Smith
Oct 25, 2014 Cheryl LeBlanc Stop killing our world!
Oct 25, 2014 Sue Reed Stop now!!!
Oct 24, 2014 Jane Barker
Oct 24, 2014 Jillian Hampton
Oct 24, 2014 SHARON NOVAK
Oct 24, 2014 jessica howell
Oct 24, 2014 Sharon Sugden Jah help us.
Oct 24, 2014 carol vigil
Oct 24, 2014 Karen Netzer
Oct 24, 2014 Eric Schneider You know better, Mr. Perciasepe!
Oct 24, 2014 (Name not displayed) We need to act!! So much of our food supply depends on it. We need to save the bees.
Oct 24, 2014 Beate Schoen
Oct 24, 2014 Donna Blake
Oct 24, 2014 David Bott
Oct 24, 2014 Michelle Gent
Oct 24, 2014 Dawn Hamel
Oct 24, 2014 alexandra saunders
Oct 24, 2014 julie farrell

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