Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Ban insecticide that is responsible for bee decline and negatively impact aquatic wildlife
A widely used insecticide, called neonincotinoids, is used to cultivate soy beans and corn in the United States. However, researchers are finding that this poison is one of the leading causes for the decline in bee colonies. Furthermore, the poison is leaching into streams and rivers, disrupting the aquatic life in the Missouri and Mississippi River. Urge the President of the United States to issue a ban on this insecticide so our wildlife and environment no longer have to suffer.
Researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey found that the insecticide is water soluble, and because it takes a long time to be broken down, it can exist for an extended period of time in the environment. The insecticide is not sprayed on the plants, but rather on the seeds. However, due to runoff, the poison is left in the soil and water that leaves the farms. The insecticide is not particularly toxic to humans, but it impacts numerous species of insects. When the researchers released their findings, companies Bayer CropScience and Syngenta who produce the insecticide, issued a statement that the toxin levels in the water are under the benchmarks established by the Environmental Protection Agency.
However, the researchers are saying that even low levels of the insecticide could still have an impact on the wildlife, especially when used in conjunction with other toxins. Another study found that birds who eat the insecticide coated seeds are also being killed off. Researchers are not sure how exposure to multiple toxins will affect the ecosystem, but even if an insect is killed through these poisons, other animals could still be affected. Because of the fact that these insecticides came out in the 1980s and 1990s, very little research exists on its impact and consequences. What scientists do know is that these poisons affect an insect’s nervous system, making it dizzy and unable to fend for itself.
Because there is so little research on these toxins, and scientists have already found dire consequences on the bee population, the United States needs to follow the same action as Europe, and that is placing a ban on these insecticides. Tell the President of the Unites States to issue a moratorium on these insecticides so our wildlife and environment no longer have to suffer.
Dear President Barack Obama,
Recently, researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey found dire consequences resulting from the use of neonincotinoids. This insecticide is one of the leading factors for the decline of the bee population, but also could be leading to the decline of aquatic life as well. Even in small quantities, these toxins can disrupt an organism’s ability to fend for itself. Also, if birds ingest bugs that have been poisoned, they too can get sick.
I urge you to issue a ban on these insecticides immediately. For the welfare of our environment and the well being of our ecosystem, please keep these toxins out of our farmer’s hands.
[Your Name Here]
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