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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

Dec 21, 2014 Dulcie Camp
Dec 21, 2014 Catherine Frazer Need the Bees!
Dec 20, 2014 René Lotterman
Dec 19, 2014 Natasha Gonzalez
Dec 18, 2014 Bob Shanahan
Dec 17, 2014 H M
Dec 15, 2014 Bernice Smith
Dec 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 15, 2014 April Foxwell
Dec 15, 2014 Maja W
Dec 14, 2014 m.cecilia dallari
Dec 13, 2014 Alexandra D'cruz
Dec 12, 2014 John Taylor Jr
Dec 12, 2014 Barbara Standing
Dec 12, 2014 Denise Plymale
Dec 10, 2014 Laura Tysinger
Dec 10, 2014 marcie martin
Dec 7, 2014 (Name not displayed) If neonicotinoids are responsible for the death of bees, there should. be no question but it should be banned immediately.
Dec 6, 2014 Jermaine Ammari
Dec 6, 2014 Elaine Becker Without bees - WE STARVE!
Dec 5, 2014 matthew butler
Dec 5, 2014 Cindy Cummins
Dec 4, 2014 alessandro ciccarelli
Dec 4, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 4, 2014 Carmen Mora
Dec 4, 2014 Raina Weldon
Dec 4, 2014 Aretha Reynolds
Dec 4, 2014 polly haynes
Dec 4, 2014 Dragana Stajic
Dec 4, 2014 bonnie jones
Dec 4, 2014 Jausen Hyldahl
Dec 4, 2014 Sherry Alexander
Dec 4, 2014 Bryna Schreier
Dec 4, 2014 Melanie Marsh
Dec 4, 2014 (Name not displayed) Monsanto your gmo crops are the cause off this. Down with you and shame on you. Lets hope the people wake up and understand how important bees are to the food chain.
Dec 3, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 3, 2014 chaz berlusconi
Dec 3, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 2, 2014 Pam DeLitta
Dec 2, 2014 Kari Bowlin
Dec 2, 2014 Alecia Bye
Dec 2, 2014 Margit Maguire
Dec 1, 2014 JOHN MANION
Dec 1, 2014 Ginger Vaughn
Dec 1, 2014 Micola Molchanoff
Dec 1, 2014 Larisa Long
Dec 1, 2014 James Cembrook
Nov 30, 2014 phil Carney
Nov 30, 2014 Reka Vincze

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