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Native pollinators like bees play an essential role in maintaining a healthy environment. They are also 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, neonicotinoids, affects pollinators like honeybees. Since neonicotinoids first became widely used in the mid-2000s, roughly one-quarter of America's honeybee hives have collapsed in recent winters. Although there are multiple causes for the collapse, we must take action to ensure that insecticides are fully vetted to ensure that they are safe for bees and other pollinators before they are allowed for use on farms or orchards.

Urge the EPA to refuse to approve any insecticides unless scientists confirm they do not endanger bees and other pollinators.

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

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-quarter of America's honeybee hives have collapsed in recent winters. Allowing another of these insecticides to be used on millions of acres of farms and orchards will only make the situation worse.

In the past, the EPA has approved insecticides despite warnings from your own scientists that the products could be "very highly toxic" to honeybees. We need to ensure that insecticides are fully vetted to ensure that they do not endanger pollinators before they are approved for use. We cannot afford a collapse in pollinator species populations — our nation's food security and countless wildlife depend on it. I urge you to refuse to register any insecticides unless scientists confirm that they do not endanger bees and other pollinators.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Apr 17, 2018 Mary S
Apr 14, 2018 Beverlee Johnson
Apr 7, 2018 Roz Rea Please protect the bees
Apr 7, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 7, 2018 Gina Embry
Apr 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 6, 2018 Tammy Jeter
Apr 5, 2018 DEBBIE CONRAD
Apr 5, 2018 Kathleen Metevier-Rizza
Apr 5, 2018 Mary Cook
Apr 5, 2018 Maureen Wheeler
Apr 5, 2018 Darrin Bower
Apr 5, 2018 Keith Cliver The EPA should do what it is supposed to do: PROTECT the Environment !
Apr 4, 2018 Dorothy Walker
Apr 3, 2018 Megan Speight
Apr 2, 2018 Shelley Tsuji
Apr 2, 2018 Norma Morgan
Apr 2, 2018 Christine de Solla-Nelson PLEASE protect the bees
Apr 1, 2018 Mary Smith
Mar 31, 2018 Nan Newall
Mar 31, 2018 Alyssa Oggiono
Mar 30, 2018 Marvin Rung
Mar 28, 2018 Dallene Weaver
Mar 28, 2018 Radana Sedlackova
Mar 27, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 27, 2018 Kathi Stage
Mar 27, 2018 Susan Hodgson
Mar 26, 2018 tore boissonneau
Mar 26, 2018 Susan Chandler Stanley
Mar 26, 2018 Jorge Balseiro
Mar 25, 2018 Leanne Keane
Mar 25, 2018 angus murris
Mar 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2018 Chris Sterry
Mar 25, 2018 Rosemary Lojo
Mar 25, 2018 Sofi Nordstrom
Mar 25, 2018 Elizabeth King
Mar 24, 2018 Amparo Rally I realize this administration doesn't believe in science, but maybe you can make an exception to "err on the side of caution" since, we can only hope, you at least can't deny the epidemic collapse of colonies.
Mar 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 22, 2018 Erin Davidson
Mar 22, 2018 ioannis tsorvas
Mar 21, 2018 Karen Moore
Mar 20, 2018 Melva Carlson
Mar 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 20, 2018 (Name not displayed) Surely the powers that bee (pun intended) associated with the EPA consume food pollinated by bees. I'm sure they buy flowers for their wives, daughters, girlfriends, etc., pollinated by bees. Little kids know how important bees are, why doesn't the EPA?
Mar 20, 2018 Lisa Delabre
Mar 20, 2018 Ana Castanheiro
Mar 20, 2018 Mary A Leon We are losing way too many bees, who are necessary for pollination of crops. We MUST look to the past to find out what NON POISONOUS methods were used to get rid of invasive insects and start using them instead.
Mar 20, 2018 Rebecca Troy
Mar 20, 2018 Christine Lee

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