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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


Feb 22, 2018 jana pretorius
Feb 21, 2018 Pixie indigo moon Findlay Moore
Feb 21, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Feb 21, 2018 Jenny Fortsch
Feb 21, 2018 HSIU CHIEN CHUI
Feb 20, 2018 renay lawrence
Feb 20, 2018 Janet Duran
Feb 20, 2018 Christine Cerqueda
Feb 19, 2018 Taryn Geer
Feb 17, 2018 Mary Jo Arendt
Feb 17, 2018 Paula Scalercio
Feb 16, 2018 Jan Wachholz
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Feb 15, 2018 William Crosby
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Feb 15, 2018 Lisa Watson Nolan
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Feb 14, 2018 Debbie Zarr
Feb 14, 2018 (Name not displayed) Bees are critical to us surviving as a species. Too many things depend on bees.
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Feb 14, 2018 Segolene Coatrieux
Feb 14, 2018 Kim De Geeter
Feb 13, 2018 Isabelle Zomer
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Feb 11, 2018 T van Nieuwland
Feb 11, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
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Feb 11, 2018 Rachel Govender
Feb 11, 2018 Jen Linds

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