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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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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 22, 2016 SHAWN MACK
Sep 22, 2016 Sherry Frey Brown
Sep 22, 2016 Janet Swannell We all know that bees are essential to our food chain so lets ensure their future
Sep 22, 2016 Jane Rosa
Sep 22, 2016 Stan Benton Is our entire government sold out, or just afraid of the big money, so that they allow these horrible poisons to be sold by sleazy corporations.
Sep 21, 2016 Sunita Ramkisoon
Sep 21, 2016 PAUL FRANK
Sep 17, 2016 Dimitar Kashmerov
Sep 17, 2016 Yoana Stoyanova
Sep 16, 2016 Isabel Owen
Sep 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2016 Susan Ellis
Sep 14, 2016 r vanstrien
Sep 11, 2016 Lynette Schultz
Sep 11, 2016 nancy horner
Sep 11, 2016 Kim Holec Save honeybees or we will lose food resources and more people and animals will die of hunger.
Sep 10, 2016 Sharon Sutton
Sep 10, 2016 Dana Nelson
Sep 9, 2016 Carol Schaffhausen
Sep 9, 2016 Ann Crosby SAVE THEM now!!
Sep 9, 2016 Althea Kippes
Sep 9, 2016 Susie Billet
Sep 8, 2016 Snazzy Jazzy Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission โ€” to be of service to them wherever they require it." โ€” Francis of Assisi
Sep 8, 2016 Pauline Parker As long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap the joy of love. Pythagoras
Sep 6, 2016 Casey Pittman
Sep 5, 2016 Jennifer Spence
Sep 4, 2016 Michelle Angelini NO MORE SOUTH CAROLINA DISASTERS!
Sep 4, 2016 Keith D'Alessandro
Sep 4, 2016 jennifer sesnick
Sep 4, 2016 Kathy Oliver
Sep 4, 2016 Jordan Evans
Sep 4, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 4, 2016 Brian Armer
Sep 2, 2016 D.M. Hunter
Sep 2, 2016 hannelore jark
Sep 1, 2016 Darcie Merriweather Without proper pollination, we will not survive long on processed, laboratory induced foods... Bees are needed. We have rights to receive what we want. And this is not just a want but a common sense need!!
Aug 31, 2016 Victoria Meliodon
Aug 31, 2016 Nina Domergue
Aug 30, 2016 Greggs MacLaren Please save the bees and our healthy food supply. It matters to me and your future generations.
Aug 28, 2016 Samantha Butler
Aug 27, 2016 Beah Robinson
Aug 27, 2016 ch Fontijn
Aug 27, 2016 Lola Cassi
Aug 26, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 26, 2016 Quentin Fischer
Aug 25, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 24, 2016 Claudia Binfa
Aug 23, 2016 Jane LaLonde Please act to protect these bees by outlawing the use of neonicotinoids.
Aug 23, 2016 Dean OBrien
Aug 23, 2016 Sandra Beul

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