Target: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy
Goal: Stop an increase in the amount of toxic chemicals that are used in pesticide-based agriculture
Bee and butterfly populations are rapidly declining due to chemical exposure from pesticide- based agricultural practices. Many people have been working to convince the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that these toxic chemicals need to be reduced or eradicated in order to save insects that are crucial in biodiversity and sustainability of the planet. The European Union is in the process of banning the chemicals that are killing those insects, but here in the U.S. the EPA is considering expanding the use of even more chemicals.
The two proposed chemicals, thiamethoxam and sulfoxaflor, are deadly for bees and have been known to eradicate entire colonies of monarch butterflies. The amount of pesticides present in crops is already too much to handle according to bee keepers. Bee numbers are dwindling, and if these new chemicals are approved by the EPA there is little to no hope for bees and butterflies. Bee keepers say that if these chemicals are introduced in California alone, they will be “the end of commercial bee keeping.” At this point, over ninety percent of genetically modified corn crops are coated with bee killing pesticides; the EPA should not even consider adding more.
The health and sustainability of our planet relies heavily on pollination from insects such as bees and butterflies. With a population decline of forty to fifty percent, the EPA should be doing everything in their power to protect these insects. Without them, there would be no way of naturally pollinating crops. Imagine the world without any gardens or fields of flowers and crops, because that will be the future if the EPA doesn’t take proper action.
It is the EPA’s responsibility to protect the earth and all of it’s natural resources, not to make large biotech companies more money. Please sign the petition below to urge members of the EPA to stop expanding the use of toxic chemicals.
Dear Administrator McCarthy,
The issue of diminishing populations of bees and butterflies is one that should be considered of utmost importance. The toxic chemicals that are used in pesticide-based agriculture have made it nearly impossible for bees, butterflies and other insects to survive. Population numbers have dropped forty to fifty percent, which is highly detrimental for the environment and the well- being of humans and animals. Without these insects, there would be no way of naturally pollinating crops. They play a huge role in the sustainability of our planet and the EPA should be doing everything in its power to protect them.
The EPA should be reducing the number of chemicals that are used in agriculture, not increasing them. Expanding the use of thiamethoxam and sulfoxaflor is a step in the opposite direction. If these two chemicals were to be introduced and used for farming and agriculture, that could mean the end of commercial bee keeping and the extinction of the monarch butterfly. The EPA website states: “The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment.” It would be in the best interest of human health and the environment to do everything possible to protect our precious bees and butterflies.
Please reconsider expanding the use of the toxic chemicals thiamethoxam and sulfoxaflor. It is crucial for the well-being of our environment that pollinator species be saved from extinction, and we hope that the EPA will do its best to fulfill this duty.
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