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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


Dec 15, 2017 Katharine long
Dec 15, 2017 Pauline Gordon
Dec 15, 2017 Maura Shannon
Dec 15, 2017 Ana Kermedchieva
Dec 15, 2017 marie gaible Ban now .
Dec 15, 2017 Lara Rongen We need the bees!
Dec 15, 2017 maxine williams
Dec 15, 2017 Sandra Blyton
Dec 15, 2017 Michalla Courtorielle
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Dec 15, 2017 jill white
Dec 15, 2017 Rainer Deutrich
Dec 15, 2017 Jane Taylor
Dec 15, 2017 Marianne Dineros
Dec 15, 2017 Victoria Jerome
Dec 15, 2017 Verena Kalandra
Dec 15, 2017 Caterina Bongiorno
Dec 15, 2017 alicia frecker
Dec 15, 2017 Linda Burrows
Dec 15, 2017 Fátima Nóbrega
Dec 15, 2017 Judy Rees
Dec 15, 2017 Carmen Spinu
Dec 15, 2017 Theresa Mawson
Dec 15, 2017 Ken Ward
Dec 15, 2017 Jane Spaeth
Dec 15, 2017 Lyn Inch
Dec 15, 2017 Jean Marriott
Dec 15, 2017 silvia stafforini
Dec 15, 2017 Natasja Welthagen
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Dec 15, 2017 Jameson Sachs
Dec 15, 2017 Howard Urick III
Dec 15, 2017 Alson Sachs
Dec 15, 2017 Sinje Fromme-Sachs
Dec 15, 2017 Angela Joyner
Dec 15, 2017 georgikopoulou vasiliki
Dec 15, 2017 josephine Ansaldo-Nixon
Dec 15, 2017 Lyn Inch
Dec 15, 2017 Cynthia Ostrander We need to protect our planet and its future. Bees are needed to help plant growth. Stop killing them.
Dec 15, 2017 Mirela Avram
Dec 15, 2017 Ruwani Tharuka
Dec 15, 2017 Jean Ehrman
Dec 15, 2017 Alisa Mason
Dec 15, 2017 jO Cleveland
Dec 15, 2017 Nuala O'Reilly
Dec 15, 2017 Monique Ciarlet
Dec 15, 2017 Onda Callow
Dec 15, 2017 Francisca Brechbuhler
Dec 15, 2017 Christiane Santos
Dec 15, 2017 Judy Carlson

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