Ban Insecticides That Destroy Wild Bee Populations

Target: Environmental Protection Agency Pesticide Re-Evaluation Division

Goal: Ban the sale of a nicotine-based insecticide that is decimating bee populations in the United States.

Recent evidence shows the the United States’ bee populations are in a nationwide decline. This directly results in a decline in the nation’s supply of fruits and vegetables, as well as the diversity of the food supply as a whole. This is due to the production of nicotine-based insecticides called neonicotinoids.

Substantial evidence shows the correlation between the use of neonicotinoids and the death of wild bees. The studies show that when bees are exposed to these insecticides, they are no longer able to find their way back to their hive. They continuously fly in search of their home until they drop dead from exhaustion. Specific evidence from one study showed that when a colony had been exposed to neonicotinoids, it produced 85 percent fewer queens. This equates to 85 percent fewer hives. Based on this evidence, it is no surprise why the bee population is dwindling at alarming rates.

Bayer markets and sells its neonicotinoids to farmers and growers of corn, cotton, wheat, soy, sorghum, peanuts, as well as other crops. In the year 2010 alone, over 142 million acres were planted and treated with seeds treated by neonicotinoids. Additionally, these chemicals can also be found in common home garden and landscaping products.

It has been found that one mouthful in three of the foods consumed are dependent on the pollination by bees. This equates to a value of more than $14 billion annually, according to one study done by Cornell University. A diverse range of crops including nuts and vegetables all rely on the pollination of wild bees.

The registration of neonicotinoids was originally registered by the EPA but has since then been discredited by numerous studies. Unless action is taken, the bee population will be nonexistent thus affecting our already unstable food supply. The EPA must act now to save the wild bee by banning the use of neonicotinoids.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear EPA Pesticide Re-Evaluation Division,

Recent studies have shown an alarming decrease in the wild bee population largely due to the use of neonicotinoids. The use of this nerve-damaging insecticide has been shown to devastate bee colonies on which we rely so heavily for a large majority of our food source.

Since the time when the EPA originally approved the use of this insecticide, extensive research has surfaced showing the damaging affects of it on bee colonies. Numerous studies point to neonicotinoid to be responsible for the reduction of bee colony reproduction by up to 85%.

Without bees to pollinate, our crops and food supply is in serious danger. In has been shown that one in three bites is attributed to the work of wild bees. If bee populations keep declining at current rates, we will face a major food crisis in the near future. Crops from alfalfa, pumpkin, and sunflowers, to cantaloupe will all face the same dwindling rates if action isn’t taken today to protect the wild bees.

Although neonicotinoids were previously approved by the EPA, it does not mean that they are safe. The EPA needs to stay abreast of current research in order to determine if it affects regulations and laws that have already been created.  Unless the EPA reevaluates the use of neonicotinoids our bees population will cease to exist and our food supply will face a similar end shortly after.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

 Photo Credit: WM Connolley

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10 Comments

  1. ban the pesticides that kill bees.

  2. Beekeepers themselves are starting to refuse to transport their hives to pollinate crops when they know these insecticides have been used nearby or by the growers themselves. Growers in California are concerned there may not be enough healthy bee colonies to pollinate all the crops this year, costs of pollination have tripled and are still rising. Expect to see rising costs at the grocers this year due to shortages and increased costs to the growers.

  3. ENDLESS GREED FROM CHEMICAL INDUSTRY & HELPING AUTHORITHIES TO STOP ALL KINDS OF DESTRUCTION, KILLINGS & WRONG SPECIES-APPROPRIATE HUSBANDRY TO ALL LIVING CREATURES BY APPLY STRONGEST JUSTICE TO RESPONSIBLES. DEMAND INITIATORS TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS

  4. Jennifer C. says:

    We NEED our pollinators to survive!

  5. MonSATAN & the other chemical companies are determined to ruin this Earth!

  6. KatWrangler says:

    Are humans brain-dead? Haven’t we learned YET that insecticides kill, and kill indiscriminately. Just like bug zappers. Those things kill the beneficial insects along with mosquitoes, as does insecticides.

    The bees go, and so do we. We have to do everything possible to reverse this situation NOW.

    We’ve planted a small bee and butterfly garden. All are welcome. I’d have bee hives, but I don’t think my neighbors let those nasty stinging bees live :(

  7. Without bees crops cannot be polinated leading to food shortages worldwide and escalating prices-this impacts on us all, as is already battling to keep up with inflation escalating costs. Plse do something about this before bee populations are destroyed completely
    Lia South Africa

  8. Once again with the arrival of summer and many are used in large quantities of insecticide that cause mass deaths of bees which we know are very useful and industrious insects,all this just to protect certain products then we are left on our plates intrinsic insecticide also harmful to us and to the whole ecosystem,we eliminate them forever.

  9. AND IS THERE HONEY STILL FOR TEA ?
    (from “The Old Vicarage Grantchester” by Rupert Brooke 1912 )

    Close your eyes and think of spring
    Swallows swooping on the wing.
    Cherry blossom pink and white,
    Nesting birds a cheerful sight
    Ladies smock in hedge’s shade
    Bluebells carpet woodland glade
    Dappled sunlight warms and cheers
    Fresh green leaves with dew-drop tears

    Picture a balmy summer day,
    Buzz of bees and smell of hay
    Apples ripening on the trees,
    Butterflies dancing on the breeze.
    Poppies nodding in the corn,
    Bright red jewels to greet the morn.
    Tiny field mice scamper here
    Kestrel gives them cause for fear

    Now let autumn come to mind
    And all around you you will find
    Berries and fruit on bush and tree,
    Feasts for creatures wild and free.
    Squirrel seeks the nuts he’ll need
    When winter comes with icy speed.
    Snuffling hedgehog cannot stay
    He seeks a winter hideaway

    Open your eyes and changed the scene,
    No sign of things which once had been.
    There is a pallor in the air,
    The fruit trees everywhere are bare.
    No skylark’s song, no blackbird’s trill,
    The woods and fields are sad and still.
    The flowers are gone, the grass is bare,
    There’s desolation everywhere.

    In vain small hungry creatures search
    For food, where starving sparrows perch
    No nuts or berries as before
    Vanished is Nature’s bounteous store.
    Our tables too hold Spartan fare
    Without the bees’ industrious care
    We did not save the little bee…
    Can there be honey still for tea ?

    • Beautiful poem. How selfish we humans are to only think of our own needs. ALL wildlife is dependent on pollination by insects. Fruit and nuts are the basis of nature’s food chain. Humans need to grow up fast or we’re finished!

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