Campaign to Save Earth's Honey Bees!
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Sponsor: The Rainforest Site
Urge the EPA to outlaw neonicotinoid pesticides that are killing off honey bees.
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.
- 06/14/2013: While the EPA continues to stall, new research suggests neonicotinoid pesticides may be harming more than just honey bees. According to the study, 90% of the active ingredients seep into the soil and groundwater, where they persist for as long as ten years. Additionally, the treated seeds are lethal to grain-eating birds, such as the partridge. The mounting evidence demands a moratorium on these pesticides until we better understand the long-term effects.
- 05/09/13: An annual survey of managed bee colonies in the United States paints a dire picture — nearly a third (31.1%) of bee colonies did not survive the winter. Last winter marked the seventh consecutive year when colony deaths exceeded the 14% threshold considered "acceptable" for over-winter loss. The EPA, meanwhile, continues to stall action against the pesticides contributing to this decline.