Urge the EPA to Save Bees

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Sponsor: Defenders of Wildlife

We cannot afford a collapse in pollinator populations!


Native pollinators like bees play an essential role in maintaining a healthy environment. They are also an indispensable part of our agricultural system. Many foods that we eat depend on crops pollinated by honeybees, and 90% of all flowering plants require pollinators to reproduce. But in recent years, bees and other pollinators have been disappearing at alarming rates, causing widespread concern that these important species could be wiped out altogether.

A widely used class of insecticides, neonicotinoids, affects pollinators like honeybees. Since neonicotinoids first became widely used in the mid-2000s, roughly one-quarter of America's honeybee hives have collapsed in recent winters. Although there are multiple causes for the collapse, we must take action to ensure that insecticides are fully vetted to ensure that they are safe for bees and other pollinators before they are allowed for use on farms or orchards.

Urge the EPA to refuse to approve any insecticides unless scientists confirm they do not endanger bees and other pollinators.

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The Petition:

I am writing to ask that the EPA protect bees and other pollinators.

Pollinators like bees play an essential role in the environment and are an indispensable part of our agricultural system. Many foods that we eat depend on crops pollinated by honeybees, and 90% of all flowering plants require pollinators to reproduce. But in recent years, bees and other pollinators have been disappearing at alarming rates, causing widespread concern that these important species could be wiped out altogether.

Since insecticides like neonicotinoids first became widely used in the mid-2000s, roughly one-quarter of America's honeybee hives have collapsed in recent winters. Allowing another of these insecticides to be used on millions of acres of farms and orchards will only make the situation worse.

In the past, the EPA has approved insecticides despite warnings from your own scientists that the products could be "very highly toxic" to honeybees. We need to ensure that insecticides are fully vetted to ensure that they do not endanger pollinators before they are approved for use. We cannot afford a collapse in pollinator species populations — our nation's food security and countless wildlife depend on it. I urge you to refuse to register any insecticides unless scientists confirm that they do not endanger bees and other pollinators.

Sincerely,

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