Target: Chemical Review Manager for the EPA, Kelly Ballard
Goal: Help bees by finalizing a decision that imidacloprid, a harmful neurotoxin, should be banned.
The EPA has decided to look into the hazards of pesticides on bees and other pollinators after years of petitions and debates. They will individually assess five major types of insecticides, starting with imidacloprid. This particular type is the most commonly used and dangerous to bees. We must demand that the EPA listens to scientific evidence and bans imidacloprid before it destroys our bee population.
Multiple studies have followed the effects on hives after coming in contact with imidacloprid. Most bees either were unable to find their hive or took longer than normal to get back to it. This is because it affects the nervous system directly. This chemical can immediately cause tumbling and problems with coordination that can last for several hours. This results in the decrease of foraging and hive communication which leads to less pollination. With bees responsible for 80 percent of our fruits and vegetables, we cannot let this continue.
The EPA has already stopped pesticides from being used on plants during bloom. This is a great first step, but more needs to be done if we are going to save our bees and other needed pollinators. Start now by demanding that the EPA bans the use of imidacloprid.
Dear Ms. Ballard,
The use of imidacloprid has shown to negatively impact the bee population. As one of our greatest pollinators, anything that harms this species also endangers the future of our food supply. Imidacloprid is a neurotoxin that has been proven to cause problems with coordination and communication in hives. This prevents bees from obtaining pollen and making it back to their hives to produce honey.
As you know, the honeybee population is steadily declining. The EPA must do all that is in its power to eliminate causes that have been linked to this decline. Imidacloprid affects colonies differently so there is no guarantee what a “safe” dose is for bees to consume daily. The only thing that is guaranteed is that it endangers every bee’s nervous system for multiple hours. This is lost time that bees can be using to do what they do best by pollinating our earth.
I urge you to listen to scientific research that imidacloprid is harmful to pollinators and ban it from commercial use.
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