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On 6/20/2014, President Obama initiated a nationwide "Pollinator Health Task Force" that is dedicated to combating the severe losses sustained by honey bees and other major pollinators. In a Presidential Memorandum released by the Office of the Press Secretary, the President calls on the EPA to reassess the use of dangerous pesticides with a focus on their affect on pollinators. Tell the EPA to take this presidential mandate seriously and ban the use of deadly pesticides!
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Sponsored by: The Rainforest Site

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.

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Dear Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe:

If we don't act now to save Earth's honey bee population, we could reach a critical point of no return. You see, the planet's honey bees have been in steady decline for several years now — climate change, parasites, habitat loss are all contributors. Some of these issues are going to be difficult to tackle, but there's one catalyst that humans can act on right now.

Bees are dying in large numbers as a result of the use of certain neonicotinoids to treat our crops over the past decade. Previously thought to be non-toxic to these precious pollinators, more recent peer-reviewed studies have linked the proliferation of neonicotinoids to a decrease in queen production and an increase in "disappeared" bees, the ones that never return to the hive from their foraging trips.

While insect pests are detrimental to our crops, the loss of our honey bees would be catastrophic. We can handle some less-than-ideal produce. But we can't handle a total decimation of our food supply as a result of lack of bee pollination.

You have the power to save our nation's food supply. Don't let this opportunity slip away: outlaw the use of the neonicotinoids killing our honey bees.

Petition Signatures

Jul 27, 2015 Frank Kling
Jul 27, 2015 Monneron Sophie
Jul 27, 2015 Deb Harcourt Without these wonderful creatures we would cease to exist.
Jul 26, 2015 Debra Files
Jul 26, 2015 frances carp
Jul 26, 2015 Regina Powell
Jul 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2015 kaylan Baker
Jul 25, 2015 Robert Caldwell
Jul 24, 2015 Margaret Argyle
Jul 24, 2015 p vollmar
Jul 21, 2015 KL Eckhardt There are many ways to protect our grasses, fruit trees and flowers from invasive insects w/out killing bees. And coating seeds w/ neonicotinoids is totally unnecessary. Outlaw the use of the neonicotinoids; save our honeybees!
Jul 21, 2015 linda berit hansen
Jul 21, 2015 malinda pelkey
Jul 21, 2015 Sabrina Kunze
Jul 20, 2015 Mimette Romney
Jul 20, 2015 Rick Harvey Extinction is forever ! Protect and save the bees before it's too late.
Jul 18, 2015 Celeste Matzinger
Jul 18, 2015 Ruth Schnelle
Jul 18, 2015 Georgiana Durham
Jul 18, 2015 (Name not displayed) We need to do all we can to insure the bee colonies and thrive as our bpvery lives depend on it!
Jul 18, 2015 Diane Ashbaugh
Jul 18, 2015 Katherine Pasco
Jul 18, 2015 ALICE Ridden
Jul 18, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2015 Mary Ehm
Jul 18, 2015 Rut Fick
Jul 18, 2015 (Name not displayed) Its a natural disaster to lose earths pollinators. Stop spraying chemical muck on our world before it dies!!
Jul 17, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2015 Sharon Inserro
Jul 17, 2015 Deborah Pruitt
Jul 17, 2015 bonnie malin
Jul 17, 2015 Shannon Caudill Ban the use of deadly pesticides now!
Jul 17, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2015 Natalie Simmons Big box stores especially need to stop selling neonic-treated plants and flowers. Please!
Jul 17, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2015 candi herrera
Jul 17, 2015 linda anderson
Jul 17, 2015 Kathleen Hallin Please st killing the bees now!
Jul 17, 2015 Debra Farmer Bees die, we die!!!!!
Jul 17, 2015 Diane Jones-Zakrajsek
Jul 17, 2015 Shelby Davis
Jul 17, 2015 John Proctor Bees are too important to the food supply chain to lose them. It would stop the pollination and thus we would not have enough food.
Jul 17, 2015 Cathy Rolla
Jul 17, 2015 Virginia Beaver
Jul 17, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2015 lee churgin We need bees!
Jul 17, 2015 Patricia McGuire Whatever it takes save the honeybees.
Jul 17, 2015 Paul Aagaard

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