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Sponsored by: Defenders of Wildlife

Native 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.

A widely used class of insecticides called neonicotinoids affects pollinators including honeybees. Since neonicotinoids first became widely used in the mid-2000s, roughly one-third of America's honeybee colonies have collapsed each year. Allowing even one more of these insecticides to be used on farms and orchards will only make the situation worse.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently approved a new insecticide called sulfoxaflor even though their own scientists considered the product to be similar to neonicotinoids and "very highly toxic" to honeybees. We need to ensure that this insecticide, and others like it, does not get out into the environment. We cannot afford a collapse in pollinator populations.

Urge the EPA to refuse to approve any insecticides unless scientists confirm they present no threat to bees and other pollinators.

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

Native 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-third of America's honeybee colonies have collapsed each year. Allowing another of these insecticides to be used on millions of acres of farms and orchards will only make the situation worse.

Recently, your agency registered a new insecticide called sulfoxaflor even though the EPA's own scientists considered the product to be similar to neonicotinoids and "very highly toxic" to honeybees. We need to ensure that this insecticide, and others like it, does not get out into the environment. We cannot afford a collapse in pollinator species populations.

I urge you to refuse to register any insecticides unless scientists confirm they present no threat to bees and other pollinators.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Oct 21, 2017 Debbie Reynolds
Oct 21, 2017 Linda Hale
Oct 21, 2017 Deborah S We need bees' natural honey!
Oct 21, 2017 Roberto Ramirez
Oct 21, 2017 roger page
Oct 21, 2017 Dawn Cumings
Oct 21, 2017 Kerry deWeerd
Oct 21, 2017 Joanne Morris Bees pollinate the food that You eat.
Oct 21, 2017 Deborah Papaleo
Oct 21, 2017 Beverly Angel
Oct 21, 2017 Angela Passetti Go to the bee (Ant) you lazy one and see how they toil. Do we still appreciate GODS creation or take it all for granted?
Oct 21, 2017 Mike Roberts Wish to encourage the EPA refuse to approve any insecticide's (unless they are inspected to not harm any bees and other pollinators,
Oct 21, 2017 Ron Amos
Oct 21, 2017 Sharon Santo
Oct 21, 2017 Wendy Springstead Please save the bees, they help grow our food.
Oct 21, 2017 Raegan Bunn Save our bee pollinators.
Oct 21, 2017 Alethia Bustamante
Oct 21, 2017 Tatiana shelenga
Oct 21, 2017 Tracy Malderez
Oct 21, 2017 Deborah Richardson
Oct 21, 2017 Denise Brook
Oct 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) Bees polinate food - we need bees - anything that kills them is a detriment to people!
Oct 21, 2017 Sheila Todd
Oct 21, 2017 Meredith E Potter
Oct 21, 2017 Donna Arnold We will die off without food. Big business needs to STAY out of this.
Oct 21, 2017 monica Hugo
Oct 21, 2017 Sheila Fleenor Without bees we have NO FOOD! What about this do you NOT understand?
Oct 21, 2017 Brenda choi
Oct 21, 2017 Nancy Tucker
Oct 21, 2017 stephen rhodes
Oct 21, 2017 Zaher Naoum
Oct 21, 2017 Bruce Ross
Oct 21, 2017 Kathleen A Lemire Bees are so important to the animal kingdom as well as to the human population of our world. Their role in the food chain is well known and studied. Please protect the bee population and their role in agriculture.
Oct 21, 2017 Rhonda Murray
Oct 21, 2017 katherine Sampson
Oct 21, 2017 Jennifer Blackburn
Oct 21, 2017 Barbara Miles
Oct 21, 2017 Karen Barthelson
Oct 21, 2017 Jemma Kerr
Oct 21, 2017 angie rodriguez
Oct 21, 2017 Elsie Trawick
Oct 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 21, 2017 Linda Foley
Oct 21, 2017 Diana Moore
Oct 21, 2017 Wanda Barchus
Oct 21, 2017 Nicky Weir
Oct 21, 2017 Phyllis Tatten
Oct 21, 2017 Cheryl Collins Seidl
Oct 21, 2017 Sherry Buccieri We need bees and pollination for everything in our world to exist.
Oct 21, 2017 Liliana Fiorini

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