Target: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Lisa P. Jackson
Goal: Immediately ban uncontrollably lethal insecticide that is killing bees at an alarming rate
As important as they are to the global ecosystem, honeybees are disappearing at an alarming rate. In what is known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) bee colonies that are bustling one day, are simply gone the next. While colonies were known to disappear occasionally for as long people have studied bees, instances of the phenomena have skyrocketed in the past decade.
Albert Einstein once theorized that if the honeybee were to disappear from the face of the Earth then humans would soon follow. Bees pollinate flowers, crops, and plant life across the globe. They are the Earth’s most prolific and efficient pollinators, and play an immensely important role in keeping plants alive and people fed (honeybees pollinate up to one third of what humans eat, valued at well over $200 billion).
So far, no one is completely sure why, but strong evidence points to clothianidin, an insecticide that has been shown to kill untargeted species, including bees. Originally chosen for use because of its unlikelihood to break down in the environment, and the low threat that it poses to humans and other mammals, it has proven extremely toxic to bees and other insects it was not intended to kill. The effects of clothianidin on bee populations have been noted around the world, in places like Germany and Australia, and has been noted as an intensifier of, and potentially a cause of Colony Collapse Disorder.
It is imperative that the United States ceases using clothianidin immediately. As an insecticide it has proven to be too good at its job. The lives of humans are inextricably bound to the lives of bees and we must do whatever we can to save them. Humans and the earth cannot afford to lose bees. Tell the EPA that clothianidin must be removed from the market will all haste; human lives depend on it.
Dear Administrator Jackson,
Your life, like the lives of all Americans and all people on earth, is dependent on the lives of honeybees. Yet bees are disappearing at an alarming rate in a phenomena known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Nothing good can come from living in a world without bees, but one of the most common insecticides in the U.S., clothianidin, is suspected to be at least partially responsible for the disappearance of bee colonies. It is because of our dependence on bees that the United States must stop using clothianidin as quickly as possible.
Approximately a third of all crops that humans consume are the result of honeybees pollinating plants. The price of these crops is estimated at around $224 billion. Financially, we cannot afford to lose these crops; if that were to happen countless millions of people would be thrown into abject, and in all likelihood fatal, poverty. Food prices have already been climbing as the world’s population goes ever upwards. The consequences of losing a third of what we eat as a species does not even bear thinking about.
Clothianidin’s effects on bee populations have been observed in Australia and throughout Europe (where it has already been banned in many countries). Although it poses no threat to mammals it wreaks havoc on bee populations. If we do not ban it, Colony Collapse Disorder will only grow worse. If we do not save the bees soon we will have no chance of saving ourselves. Thank you for your time Ms. Jackson, and I truly hope that you will consider outlawing clothianidin in the United States.
[Your Name Here]
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