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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

Oct 25, 2016 Ann Bragdon
Oct 24, 2016 Marsha Croner
Oct 23, 2016 Lorraine Morris
Oct 21, 2016 John Sweeney Please save these hard workers!
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Oct 18, 2016 Bernadette O'Maoileidigh
Oct 18, 2016 Gulnara Syulgina
Oct 16, 2016 Marleen Paulus
Oct 14, 2016 Rod Repp
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Oct 12, 2016 Karen Van Tuyle
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Oct 12, 2016 Katalin Kónya-Jakus
Oct 12, 2016 Marisol Alvarez
Oct 12, 2016 Lisa Anders
Oct 11, 2016 Maria Bergquist
Oct 9, 2016 Lorri Goldman
Oct 9, 2016 Karen Amendolagine
Oct 9, 2016 Richard Larsen
Oct 9, 2016 Jeanie Friedman
Oct 7, 2016 McKinley Miner
Oct 7, 2016 Ashliegh Watson
Oct 7, 2016 Annie Amsden
Oct 7, 2016 Elizabeth Green
Oct 7, 2016 Sue Judis
Oct 5, 2016 Kayla Johnston
Oct 4, 2016 Martha m
Oct 4, 2016 Chrissie Hurt
Sep 30, 2016 Tracey Dunlap
Sep 28, 2016 mike skrtic This would be a good thing
Sep 25, 2016 (Name not displayed)
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

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