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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: 33,301
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 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
Apr 14, 2014 Bruno Prata
Apr 14, 2014 Anneke Ruys
Apr 14, 2014 K Cumpston
Apr 14, 2014 penny prosick
Apr 14, 2014 D'Ann May
Apr 13, 2014 Lisa Bell
Apr 12, 2014 Donna Horton Without bees there is no we's
Apr 12, 2014 Cindy Kinkela
Apr 12, 2014 Janet Signore
Apr 12, 2014 Jennifer Wolf
Apr 11, 2014 Paul Hall
Apr 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2014 Lone Merise Frederiksen This is very important! Though humans believe themselves to be intelligent, thus try to rape the Earth of all and any ressources in "a safe way" (there is no such ting!), this is the proof that we don't have the knowledge to play God succesfully.
Apr 10, 2014 Jon Martell
Apr 10, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 10, 2014 Brenda Ramzinsky It is imperative that we do everything we can to save this vital natural resource.........we cannot live without our Bees.
Apr 10, 2014 Penny Wild-Perkowski
Apr 10, 2014 Heather Gray
Apr 10, 2014 (Name not displayed) Without bees, human population would die off in 2 years.
Apr 9, 2014 Cherri Wachter
Apr 9, 2014 Tom Bellamy
Apr 9, 2014 SUSAN ARKIN

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