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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

Sep 1, 2014 Desire PRIGNON
Aug 31, 2014 F. Ann Devlin
Aug 31, 2014 Barbara Maloit
Aug 31, 2014 Encarna Ortiz
Aug 31, 2014 Angelika Kempter
Aug 31, 2014 Nancy Fox
Aug 30, 2014 Gloria Wetzel
Aug 30, 2014 Nicole Loh
Aug 29, 2014 Elaine Hall
Aug 29, 2014 NANCY NIEMELA
Aug 28, 2014 Sabine Möhler
Aug 28, 2014 Margaret Brandt My neighbor, a lovely person, doesn't believe neonicotinoid pesticides do any harm if they are granules. They do. We need to educate everybody about this.
Aug 28, 2014 Kay Mac
Aug 28, 2014 Tracy Sherrer
Aug 28, 2014 Edwin Rodriguez
Aug 27, 2014 William Mc Guire
Aug 27, 2014 Penelope Harris
Aug 27, 2014 Joanna Hardeman
Aug 27, 2014 Elise McCoubrie
Aug 27, 2014 Victoria Richards
Aug 27, 2014 Rodger Reed
Aug 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 27, 2014 Lance Parker
Aug 27, 2014 Kathleen Neely
Aug 27, 2014 Stephanie Donohue
Aug 27, 2014 Marian F. McAleenan This Bee situation is really getting out of control , something must be done about it. Bees are a very important part of our life, though many people don't realize it.
Aug 27, 2014 Shannon Wells
Aug 27, 2014 Barbara Miller Bees may not be warm and cuddly, but they are essential to our survival.
Aug 27, 2014 Marie Davis
Aug 27, 2014 Peggy Hollenbach
Aug 27, 2014 Kevin Cade
Aug 27, 2014 Karen Scrivner
Aug 27, 2014 Audrey Elicerio
Aug 27, 2014 Pauline Smith
Aug 26, 2014 Hannah Hall
Aug 26, 2014 Melodie Hefley
Aug 26, 2014 Deborah French
Aug 25, 2014 Holly Martinell
Aug 25, 2014 Lisa Reynolds
Aug 25, 2014 Anne Burnett
Aug 24, 2014 Heidi Handsaker
Aug 24, 2014 Debbie Seiler
Aug 24, 2014 susan couturier Without the Bee's we die
Aug 24, 2014 Yesenia Kurtzweil
Aug 23, 2014 Carole S Dunphy Please listen and do whatever you can. I read that in southern China they have already lost their bees and people have to do the pollinating but they do not do as good a job. We just do not need poisons.
Aug 23, 2014 Laura MacNicoll
Aug 23, 2014 Cheryl Langevine
Aug 23, 2014 Amber Wallace

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