Target: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy
Goal: Prevent use of insecticides which severely threaten the survival of honeybees and other pollinating insects
Pollinating insects are vital to a healthy environment and play an essential role in the United States’ agricultural system. A large portion of our nation’s food supply depends on the honeybees’ pollination of particular crops and nearly 90 percent of flowering plants depend on pollinating insects like bees in order to reproduce. Unfortunately, the increased use of insecticides in farming has caused bee colony populations to decrease at rapid rates. Roughly one-third of America’s honeybee colonies have collapsed each year since 2005—the first year that insecticides became widely used in the U.S. Now, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved another insecticide that scientists believe to be highly toxic to honeybees, further threatening the survival of their colonies as well as the quality of our country’s food supply.
Since the mid-2000s, the colonies of honeybees and other essential pollinating insects have been disappearing at alarming rates due to the increased use of insecticides. If the EPA continues to encourage the development of new insecticides and allows these life-threatening chemicals to be used on millions of acres of farms and orchards, this important species could be wiped out altogether.
By signing this petition, you will be asking the Administrator of the EPA to refuse to officially register any new insecticides until scientists have confirmed that they present no threat to honeybees and other pollinators. These insects are crucial to our agriculture and ecosystem, and we simply cannot afford to further threaten the pollinator species population.
Dear Administrator McCarthy,
Since insecticides first became widely used nationwide in the mid-2000s, roughly one-third of the United States’ honeybee colonies have collapsed each year. Now, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has registered another insecticide despite the fact that scientists believe it to be highly toxic to honeybees and other crucial pollinating insects, further threatening the survival of this essential part of our agricultural system.
As the U.S. EPA Administrator, I urge you to refuse to officially register any new insecticides until scientists have confirmed that they present no threat to honeybees and other pollinators. Allowing this new insecticide to be used on millions of acres of farms and orchards could wipe out pollinator colonies altogether, severely damaging the quality of our nation’s agriculture and permanently eliminating a species that is essential to our environment.
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