Target: Bob Perciasepe, acting director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Goal: Examine the impact of pesticides on bees whose pollination is crucial to American agriculture
Bees in the United States are dying off at an alarming rate, with catastrophic declines being reported by beekeepers across the country. There is evidence that strongly suggests that EPA-approved pesticides are to blame for this, but the agency seems unwilling to even consider the idea.
Bees are one of the most important pollinators of a huge variety of crucial crops. Without pollination, there is no crop. The entire food system depends on bees to a significant extent, and yet, for several years running, bees have been declining at an alarming rate. Beekeepers, the first people to feel the direct effects of these deaths, believe pesticides used on farms are to blame.
These pesticides are sprayed on the soil and seeds so that crops grow with the pesticide infused in every part of the plant, including the parts we eat and the pollen and nectar that bees eat. It is this buildup of pesticide over time that is harming the bees. The pesticide industry – and most notably pesticide manufacturer Bayer – completely denies that bees are affected by the levels of pesticide they are exposed to in this way, but objective evidence to the contrary is strong enough that some of those pesticides have been banned in Europe.
In America however, the EPA, the body responsible for safeguarding crucial elements of the environment like the bee population, continues to ignore the possibility that these pesticides are contributing to a serious problem. They continue to support the pesticide and chemical companies whose interest is in unlimited sale and use of these potentially disastrous pesticides.
The EPA cannot continue to shirk its responsibility to protect the environment. Sign the petition below to demand that the EPA take action to prevent continued bee deaths and examine the use of pesticides as a possible cause.
Dear Bob Perciasepe,
The Agency you direct, the EPA, is charged with protecting our environment. As I hope you are aware, there is currently a serious problem in the US bee population. Their numbers are falling off dramatically of late, and many independent observers believe neonicotinoid pesticides are responsible. In other countries, based on independent scientific inquiry, these pesticides have been rolled back if not banned. Tellingly, in those areas, bee populations have not fallen off as they did before the ban.
Given that bees are such a crucial part of the US agricultural system, this at least bears investigation. I ask that you reconsider your current relationship to pesticide manufacturers like Bayer and conduct a thorough investigation into how to prevent further bee deaths before it is too late.
[Your Name Here]
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