Earth to EPA:
Bees Need Help Now

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Originally Posted: 29 April 2011

Earth to EPA:
Bees Need Help Now

[Ed. Note: For more about bees and their VITAL importance to the survival of human beings, please also read: Disappearing Bees and Bayer: A Deadly Combo. What the EPA Doesn't Want Us to Know and Bees Vanish, and Scientists Race for Reasons. For insights about the wonders of bees read: Cool Things About Honeybees and Bees Can Remember Human Faces.

FROM  Pesticide Action Network (PAN)

ACTION

Tell the EPA to seriously restrict and/or refuse new uses for three particularly suspect neonicotinoid insecticides: imidacloprid, thiomethoxam and clothianidin. These pesticides are known to be particularly toxic to honey bees, persist for years in the soil and because they are applied as seed treatments on everything from corn and canola to almonds and pome fruits, chronic exposure in the field is difficult if not impossible to control.

Sign an online petition

Lisa P. Jackson
Environmental Protection Agency
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20460
EPA general number (202) 272-0167
email

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

In the last four months, 1.2 million people around the world have raised their voices on behalf of honey bees – urging officials to take decisive, precautionary action by suspending a suspect class of pesticides (neonicotinoids) known to undermine honey bee immunity.

Following the “leaked memo” in December, 10,000+ PAN supporters petitioned EPA to pull clothianidin (a neonicotinoid) until the science supporting its registration is re-done right and in partnership with practicing beekeepers.

EPA responded, agreeing to move up their review of this family of pesticides and improve the science behind bee decisions (which is good!), while declining to take action on a timeline that will be meaningful for bees or beekeepers. We don’t have the 5+ years it will take for either of these decisions to play out – EPA needs to hear this. Join the global movement to protect bees by signing this petition, and learning more about the issue.


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