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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!
Goal: 50,000 Progress: 36,429
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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

Sep 29, 2014 Rich Welch No bees no food no life seems pretty simple to me. Why is Monsanto allowed to produce and market farm products that kill bees. Seems a little counter productive to me, but Monsanto has never been known for its respect for life or the harm it does.
Sep 29, 2014 sue leonard
Sep 29, 2014 Debbie Aide
Sep 29, 2014 Terri Henry
Sep 29, 2014 Janet Thomas
Sep 29, 2014 Angel Lewis
Sep 27, 2014 spencer young
Sep 27, 2014 Isabelle Assuncao
Sep 26, 2014 Valerie Wenzel Please ban this insecticide in the immediate future like 2014! Don't let the pesticide corporations - manufacturers control our planets future.
Sep 26, 2014 connie swenson please save the Bees...our world depends on them
Sep 26, 2014 M. Tucker
Sep 25, 2014 Andres Ameijeiras
Sep 25, 2014 Paula McCullion
Sep 25, 2014 (Name not displayed) Obviously this is not safe! Why is America so behind and/ or doesn't seem to care! Feel like we're always behind the 8 ball!
Sep 25, 2014 Trisha Congleton We need bees
Sep 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 25, 2014 Betty Davis
Sep 25, 2014 Nancy Mitchell
Sep 25, 2014 Brenda Miller Please ban the chemicals that are destroying our honey bees.
Sep 25, 2014 Sue Lenihan
Sep 25, 2014 Robert Jan Liethoff
Sep 25, 2014 Ashleigh Shimek
Sep 25, 2014 Toby Mason
Sep 25, 2014 Diane Petter
Sep 25, 2014 Kate Emge
Sep 25, 2014 Carol Bernhard
Sep 25, 2014 Anasofia Galicia
Sep 25, 2014 L. CAIN Please stop using pesticides that are affecting the decline of our bee population, we need these pollinators HEALTHY!
Sep 25, 2014 Elizabeth Waugh
Sep 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 25, 2014 Andrea Hessel
Sep 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 25, 2014 Linda Russell
Sep 25, 2014 Melissa Boggs
Sep 25, 2014 Julli Pellerin SAVE THE HONEY BEES .......
Sep 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 24, 2014 Michele Marshall Bees are an integral part of pollinatiion. You are destroying the Eco system. All for greed and profit once again, to benefit a few.
Sep 24, 2014 Judith Parker
Sep 24, 2014 joan scott I am sure you realize how important these little incects are to lifecycles all being interdependant.
Sep 24, 2014 Jane Sarja
Sep 24, 2014 Lori Thompson
Sep 24, 2014 Lindsay Johnson
Sep 24, 2014 Marlene Foster First the bees go; we are next. Let's save them before that happens.
Sep 24, 2014 (Name not displayed) It is critical to saves bees. Not only do they create honey, but they fertilize fruit and vegetable plants. Without those bees, we do not eat. You have the power to save our nation's food supply: outlaw the use of the neonicotinoids killing our bees.
Sep 24, 2014 Catherine Alquier
Sep 24, 2014 Laura Rice This trend must be reversed. Please educate everyone.
Sep 24, 2014 Susan Brassett
Sep 24, 2014 William Bennett

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