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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 21, 2014 sarah stock
Sep 21, 2014 monika pettersen
Sep 21, 2014 Peter Ozzimo Jr
Sep 20, 2014 Stacie Miller
Sep 20, 2014 Maria Simao
Sep 20, 2014 Phillippa Hilsden
Sep 19, 2014 Amanda Levesque
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Vanessa Deja
Sep 19, 2014 Marcia Rand
Sep 19, 2014 Peggy Weber We need food to survive. We need bees to pollinate much of our food supplies. Please, save the bees.
Sep 19, 2014 Donna Edkin
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Sharon Braun
Sep 19, 2014 Danny Kline
Sep 19, 2014 Stephanie Broome Be a leader and show everyone how much this matters.
Sep 19, 2014 joan massey Neonicotinoids must be outlawed, before it is too late.
Sep 19, 2014 Lauren Lunde
Sep 19, 2014 desiree van arkens
Sep 19, 2014 Caroline Harris No bees - no plants - no food
Sep 18, 2014 Meghan Soukup
Sep 18, 2014 Elizabeth Rocco
Sep 18, 2014 Ian whitelaw
Sep 18, 2014 sara elkins
Sep 18, 2014 Leticia Acevedo
Sep 17, 2014 Linda Todd
Sep 17, 2014 RENATA FLIS
Sep 17, 2014 Linda Scott
Sep 17, 2014 Louise Bostic
Sep 17, 2014 Nila Ostapowicz
Sep 17, 2014 Kramer Fry
Sep 16, 2014 Dana Myers
Sep 16, 2014 Susan Bennett
Sep 15, 2014 Siri Svegler
Sep 15, 2014 Toreka Pulou
Sep 15, 2014 CAROL KOTCHER
Sep 15, 2014 sara small
Sep 15, 2014 Sally Sandine
Sep 15, 2014 Julie Hoffman
Sep 15, 2014 Julie Lambilliotte
Sep 14, 2014 ainsley devlin
Sep 14, 2014 Ann Appleton
Sep 14, 2014 (Name not displayed) WE NEED BEES PLEASE HELP SAVE THE PLANET
Sep 14, 2014 Carissa Upton
Sep 13, 2014 Sarah Lyons Please utilize the precautionary principle and protect the ecosystems that we all rely upon. Ban harmful agricultural practices that kill honeybees!
Sep 11, 2014 shannon snider We need BEE s!!!!!! HELO!!!!

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