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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


Mar 25, 2017 Michael Jarrett We must protect our bees, unless we wish to starve. Bees pollinate most of the food we eat, during every meal.
Mar 25, 2017 DIANA POE-PIERSOLL If the bees go, so will civilization as we know it!
Mar 25, 2017 Jim Spooner
Mar 25, 2017 Alice VanKoevering
Mar 25, 2017 linda farrar
Mar 25, 2017 Janet Coleman
Mar 25, 2017 Linda Swierczynski Please save the bees!!!
Mar 25, 2017 Anthony Martinez
Mar 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 24, 2017 JoLayne Fritz
Mar 24, 2017 Stacy Mack Without them, there is NO us.... Please help!
Mar 24, 2017 jay beck
Mar 24, 2017 Claudia Hartwig klotinger
Mar 24, 2017 Diane Sposili
Mar 23, 2017 Monika Saluter
Mar 23, 2017 Maria Lourinho
Mar 23, 2017 Christine Kelsey
Mar 23, 2017 Carrie Carlson
Mar 23, 2017 Torunn Hvilsten
Mar 23, 2017 Linda Brown
Mar 23, 2017 Maria Johnson
Mar 23, 2017 Felecia Markham
Mar 23, 2017 Sheila Pedraza
Mar 23, 2017 LAURA TOUSSAINT
Mar 23, 2017 Andrea Harrison
Mar 22, 2017 Kristan White
Mar 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 21, 2017 Patricia Vazquez
Mar 21, 2017 Denise Moore You people know this to be true therefore I ask you to please stop the poisoning of Bee's with insecticides. You must realize this will cause a serious domino effect on more than just Bee's
Mar 21, 2017 A Smith
Mar 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 21, 2017 Valéria Menicucci
Mar 21, 2017 Stephen Schmiedlin
Mar 21, 2017 Marilyn Decarle
Mar 21, 2017 Mary Powell
Mar 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 21, 2017 Lonni Christian
Mar 21, 2017 Alison Page
Mar 20, 2017 Lori Strausser Ask the Chinese how incredibly difficult and labor intensive it is when humans have to to the job of bees and pollinate Asian pear trees by hand. There is no easy plan B if bees are not protected now and in the future. End chemical insecticide use.
Mar 20, 2017 Valerie pecquet
Mar 20, 2017 mary deitemeyer when will we stop destroying everything he Lord has made?
Mar 20, 2017 Ertie Evangelista
Mar 20, 2017 Joanne Stevens
Mar 20, 2017 sally timmins
Mar 20, 2017 Ellen Rendle
Mar 20, 2017 Ann Reed
Mar 20, 2017 David Szanto

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