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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

Nov 30, 2015 wesley Bryant Quit killing the B
Nov 30, 2015 (Name not displayed) Ban deadly pesticides now!!!
Nov 30, 2015 (Name not displayed) I'm sure the tobacco industry doesn't want to lose this source of income. I wish more people would take note of the "nicotin" within neonicotinoids.....
Nov 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 30, 2015 Mary Pearce Big Chemical!!!! Stop killing our bees!!!!!!
Nov 30, 2015 Emily abel Please stop the use of deadly pesticides!
Nov 30, 2015 Mechel Andring No bee's= great loss to humanity
Nov 30, 2015 Julia DeLong Dear EPA, how long do you think humanity will last without bees doing their busy work? Please ban these insecticides now!!!!!!
Nov 30, 2015 stephen ventetuolo einstien said, if the all the bees die, we have four years to live......Einstein, so.....yeah. do something about it
Nov 29, 2015 Travis Reese It does not take a scientist to know all these chemicals are killing bees and affecting our earth.
Nov 29, 2015 (Name not displayed) Stop this kiling
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Nov 29, 2015 Marian Brown
Nov 29, 2015 Tina Shimfessel
Nov 29, 2015 Michael England
Nov 29, 2015 Deborah Sullivan
Nov 29, 2015 Patricia grant Bees are vital for human existence. It's a no-brainer why we should all protect the tiny creatures who's very purpose on Earth is to pollinate plants that we eat.
Nov 29, 2015 Laurie Johnson
Nov 29, 2015 Cheryl Shepard
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Nov 29, 2015 Joan Foran
Nov 29, 2015 Christopher Paul
Nov 29, 2015 Catherine Shryock obrien If we destroy the bees. We will be next from starvation.
Nov 29, 2015 George Carney
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Nov 29, 2015 (Name not displayed) If the bees die, we're not far behind!!! Don't be dumb and money hungry, our future generations are at risk!!
Nov 29, 2015 Cathy Brower
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Nov 29, 2015 (Name not displayed) SAVE THE BEES!
Nov 29, 2015 csroĺ jòhñceý leþß hope we raìse the awareness ìñ time to hélp bees populate
Nov 29, 2015 estrella ojeda
Nov 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 29, 2015 Amy Jacobs
Nov 29, 2015 Karla Peffley
Nov 29, 2015 Elfriede Banta Something good from Obama
Nov 29, 2015 theresa Lafar Stop the destruction of our bees.
Nov 29, 2015 Maryellen Crummer
Nov 29, 2015 Judy Smith
Nov 29, 2015 brenda Wikstrom
Nov 29, 2015 Deb Filion Why is the USA so far behind on these issues?
Nov 29, 2015 Mike Shields
Nov 29, 2015 Jean Reno
Nov 29, 2015 Darby Santis Save the bees!!
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Nov 29, 2015 Tanja Crljen
Nov 29, 2015 Carolyn Moon

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