[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
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.
Action Network (PAN)
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.
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
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.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!