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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

Aug 20, 2014 Tracey Newman
Aug 20, 2014 Gudrun Dennis
Aug 20, 2014 Cobina Gary
Aug 20, 2014 rossana mianulli
Aug 20, 2014 Caroline Constantinou
Aug 19, 2014 Shirley Strang
Aug 19, 2014 Abilio Correia
Aug 19, 2014 olga karadaki
Aug 18, 2014 Elizabeth Breeding When the bees go so does everything else.
Aug 18, 2014 Henriette Matthijssen
Aug 18, 2014 Jacqueline Akcasu
Aug 17, 2014 Heather Nelson
Aug 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 17, 2014 Sian Lewis
Aug 17, 2014 Renay Gonzalez
Aug 17, 2014 Seymour Gross
Aug 17, 2014 Arild Warud
Aug 17, 2014 Christa Bøttger
Aug 17, 2014 Greatest Ever
Aug 16, 2014 Leopold Marek
Aug 16, 2014 Inge Bjorkman
Aug 16, 2014 Mark Mager We have to save those tiny but mighty little miracles
Aug 16, 2014 Alexandra Troshicheva
Aug 16, 2014 Isabella Fitzpatrick Please act now
Aug 16, 2014 Susan Frudd The importance of saving the honey bees must not be underestimated or it will be at the worlds peril, we must act now to stop the decline.
Aug 16, 2014 Angelika Roll
Aug 15, 2014 Kay Hall
Aug 15, 2014 sheena tremayne
Aug 14, 2014 Lynette Essery
Aug 14, 2014 lina kormazopoulou
Aug 14, 2014 Lloyd Johnson
Aug 13, 2014 Jessica Doherty
Aug 13, 2014 Jara Rank These insects are crucial to human survival. Not so much our politicians.....sad, but truth!
Aug 13, 2014 Viviana Carcache
Aug 13, 2014 jocelyne fazekas
Aug 13, 2014 maria manuela lopes
Aug 13, 2014 Helga Lobinger
Aug 13, 2014 Sarah Dugo
Aug 13, 2014 Jennifer Stull
Aug 13, 2014 Sheryl Conerly
Aug 13, 2014 Elissa Mericle-Gray
Aug 13, 2014 Helen Colfer
Aug 13, 2014 Tony Smith
Aug 12, 2014 Char Cook
Aug 12, 2014 Melissa Thompson Please ban these chemcials and save the honeybees
Aug 12, 2014 Rowan Heston
Aug 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 12, 2014 Phyllis Stuart

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