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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 20, 2014 Debbie Horn
Oct 20, 2014 Gavin Lee
Oct 19, 2014 Mary Anne Tokar
Oct 18, 2014 Cheryl Fergeson
Oct 18, 2014 Frances Scuteri-Moore
Oct 18, 2014 Ann-Marie Persad
Oct 17, 2014 Mollie Brunelle
Oct 16, 2014 Rosana Chin-Joseph
Oct 16, 2014 Linda Reidy
Oct 16, 2014 ann bryan
Oct 16, 2014 cynthia lee
Oct 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 16, 2014 Christine Müller
Oct 15, 2014 Melinda Catapano
Oct 15, 2014 patti Mckinley
Oct 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 15, 2014 kelly keiter
Oct 15, 2014 Debbie Crockett
Oct 15, 2014 Connie Jimenez
Oct 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 14, 2014 Maxwell Meade
Oct 14, 2014 sandy moore
Oct 14, 2014 Laura Reilly
Oct 14, 2014 Janet Magdaleno
Oct 14, 2014 susan baker
Oct 13, 2014 Stefano Fuschetto
Oct 13, 2014 Diane Gubrud
Oct 13, 2014 Laura Harris
Oct 13, 2014 Jesus Cruz
Oct 13, 2014 Vasilios Tsoukis
Oct 13, 2014 Rene fredricksen
Oct 13, 2014 Ellen Buchanan
Oct 13, 2014 C E Krause
Oct 13, 2014 Carol Rohr
Oct 13, 2014 Micheline Mauvis
Oct 11, 2014 Parrish McCrary
Oct 11, 2014 john hanson
Oct 11, 2014 (Name not displayed) Pesticides are bad for everyone. Save the bees!
Oct 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 11, 2014 Sharon Smith-Herring
Oct 11, 2014 Lee-Anna Kokoski
Oct 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 11, 2014 Sheila Cotter
Oct 11, 2014 Elisabeth Davies
Oct 11, 2014 Joyce Angleberger
Oct 10, 2014 Sheri Weber
Oct 10, 2014 Stephen Bragg
Oct 10, 2014 Stephen Bragg
Oct 10, 2014 Lance Martinez This is Killing an entire food supply/species

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