Applaud European Union for Banning Bee-Killing Pesticide

Target: European Commission

Goal: Commend the European Commission for approving a continental ban on bee-killing pesticides.

The European Union voted in favor of a European ban on pesticides. These products are blamed for the deaths of millions of bees and caused a drastic decline in global bee populations. These pesticides, known as neonicotinoids, have been linked to serious harm in bees. Bees play an important role in global food production and environmental ecosystems. The imposed ban will help protect bee populations and restore environmental and agricultural balance. Thank the European Commission for passing this ban.

Neonicotinoids are used to prevent insects in the soil from attacking seeds. However, this chemical attacks insects’ nervous systems and poses a risk to bees’ health. More than 30 separate scientific studies have found a link between neonicotinoids and declining bee populations. In the past 10 years, beekeepers have reported annual hive losses of 30 percent or more. Without bees, global food production would suffer. Bees pollinate most food crops, including corn, tomatoes, apples, almonds, and more.

Under the imposed ban, three neonicotinoids will be suspended from all flowering crops in Europe. Neonicotinoids will still be used on winter crops, when bees are dormant, and in greenhouses. The ban will be implemented for two years, during which the European Commission will review new scientific evidence and data to make an informed decision on future pesticide usage. This European ban is a step in the right direction, as bees are a vital part of the world’s ecosystems. Sign the petition below to applaud the European Commission for their efforts in providing for a healthy bee population.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear European Commission,

I recently heard about the European Union’s ban on three types of neonicotinoids. This ban is being implemented in efforts to save the world’s bee populations. As evidenced in more than 30 separate scientific studies, neonicotinoids have been linked to declining bee populations. These pesticides attack insect nervous systems and pose a risk to bee health. In the past 10 years, beekeepers have reported annual hive losses of 30 percent or more.

The loss of bees is an alarming issue since bees pollinate most food crops. Without bees, global food production would suffer. I would like to commend the European Commission for implementing a ban on neonicotinoids for two years, during which the European Commission will review new scientific data to make an informed decision on future pesticide usage. Bees are a vital part of the world’s ecosystems as well as the agricultural industries. Thank you for taking a step in the right direction and working toward a viable and healthy worldwide bee population.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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