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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!
Goal: 50,000 Progress: 35,152
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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

Jul 14, 2014 Dr. Eric Badofsky
Jul 14, 2014 sharon Neyman
Jul 14, 2014 Noemi Szentesi
Jul 14, 2014 elizabeth walker
Jul 14, 2014 Jenna Van Wagner
Jul 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2014 Dale Wyatt a clean environment is needed for all species to survive and the use of certain pesticides should be banned if they are clearly the blame for the inhabitants of this Earth being harmed.
Jul 14, 2014 Pat Fowler
Jul 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2014 Sally Boys I
Jul 14, 2014 Katy Anderson
Jul 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2014 tina kolehmainen
Jul 14, 2014 stacie rodriguez
Jul 14, 2014 Mary dela Cruz It is really not complicated, what it simply comes down to is, No Bees, No Food!
Jul 14, 2014 Irina Zasypkina
Jul 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2014 Debbie Temple STOP THE GREED! SAVE THE BEES!!!!!!
Jul 14, 2014 Fernanda haberman
Jul 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2014 Margaret hall
Jul 14, 2014 James Hagler
Jul 14, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please outlaw these harmful chemicals.
Jul 14, 2014 Danielle Code
Jul 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2014 alla trevgoda
Jul 14, 2014 Lindsay Shea Save the bees we need to eat
Jul 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2014 Kimberly Griffin
Jul 14, 2014 Malinda Wheeler
Jul 14, 2014 Darrell Hymer
Jul 14, 2014 Patricia Rincon
Jul 14, 2014 Wesam Nadim
Jul 14, 2014 Charlene Chambers
Jul 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2014 Nancy Fudger
Jul 14, 2014 patricia mazza
Jul 14, 2014 Amanda Schatzman
Jul 14, 2014 Marius Popescu
Jul 14, 2014 Dawn Wildman
Jul 14, 2014 Gloria bowden this needs to be stopped
Jul 14, 2014 dawsena halsey
Jul 14, 2014 Pat Baeringer If the bees die, how far off is the death of the world???
Jul 13, 2014 Sandy Wilson
Jul 13, 2014 Barbara Couch
Jul 13, 2014 Eileen McCabe
Jul 13, 2014 Kimberly Diehl-Spahn
Jul 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 13, 2014 Charm Brazil

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