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50,000 bumblebees were recently massacred at a Target parking lot in Oregon by the irresponsible use of Safari, a neonicotinoid pesticide. Hundreds of native bumblebee colonies were wiped out by this thoughtless act and uncontrolled pesticide. Ladybugs, honeybees, and other insects were also found dead and dying. We must redouble our efforts to protect these invaluable insects; without them, our efforts to produce valuable and nutritious crops will be severely damaged.
Goal: 50,000 Progress: 33,323
Sponsored by: The Rainforest Site

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

Apr 23, 2014 debi logan
Apr 23, 2014 Michelle Triplett-Wilkerson
Apr 23, 2014 Jessica Taylor
Apr 23, 2014 Carla Silva
Apr 23, 2014 John Rumary
Apr 22, 2014 carole green i have been told if we don't have bees we will not have 75% of our food,surely thats a good reason to save our bees
Apr 22, 2014 Wanda Norgaard
Apr 22, 2014 Amanda Rieger
Apr 22, 2014 Linda Shaw
Apr 22, 2014 Karen Marino
Apr 22, 2014 Tommy Dees
Apr 21, 2014 Susan Murray
Apr 21, 2014 LuAnn Kremer
Apr 21, 2014 Winifred Boyd Dipl,MS,LAc,RM
Apr 21, 2014 sandra klein
Apr 20, 2014 Paul Burns Action must be taken immediately to reduce the threat of neonicotinoids to bees!
Apr 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 19, 2014 kathleen bird
Apr 19, 2014 marsha McIntire
Apr 19, 2014 Wendy Novick
Apr 18, 2014 nadia khodja
Apr 18, 2014 Kimberly Kauffman It is time to do the right thing by the nature that sustains all humans.
Apr 17, 2014 Jaynee Harpe
Apr 17, 2014 Kate Thomas
Apr 17, 2014 Christine Antoniadis
Apr 17, 2014 Jennifer Leber
Apr 17, 2014 Kathryn Stiver
Apr 17, 2014 Albert Valencia
Apr 17, 2014 Mervin Perera
Apr 17, 2014 Christopher Fries
Apr 17, 2014 Krystie Addison
Apr 16, 2014 Valerie Hogan
Apr 16, 2014 lisa morrow
Apr 15, 2014 Paula Tisdel
Apr 15, 2014 jane hughes
Apr 15, 2014 Cheryl Robison
Apr 15, 2014 Debi Strickland
Apr 15, 2014 James fox
Apr 14, 2014 Jeanne Friis
Apr 14, 2014 Kevin\Karen Henderson SHAME on you in the name of all that is good and right..shame on your irresponsible choices
Apr 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 14, 2014 Olivia Puckrin
Apr 14, 2014 Mitch DeBoer
Apr 14, 2014 Deanna Mejchar
Apr 14, 2014 Lucia Vertkin
Apr 14, 2014 Kacie Hillstrom
Apr 14, 2014 Caro Caro
Apr 14, 2014 SANDRA VITO
Apr 14, 2014 Michael Mayes

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