Target: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson
Goal: Immediately reconsider prohibiting the use of the pesticide clothianidin, which has been linked to honey bee deaths
Since 2006, U.S. honey bees have been dying at alarming rates. Each year, honey bee populations have decreased by about 30 percent. The science behind what is now known as bee colony collapse is complex, but a great variety of research studies have discovered that a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, which includes clothianidin, are a major causal factor in the increasingly alarming bee deaths. This chemical is used to treat corn and canola seeds, and it remains in the plants’ biology. When the honey bee feeds off the plants’ nectar, it is lethally poisoned.
For the second time, the EPA recently dismissed the opportunity to prohibit the use of clothianidin, despite the growing body of evidence demonstrating the harmful effects of the pesticide. Instead of acting now, the EPA scheduled to review clothianidin again in 2018. It is infuriating that the EPA refuses to listen to science. Neonicotinoid pesticides are quite new. The EPA approved clothianidin in 2003, based on virtually no scientific study. Now, scientists recognize that the use of neonicotinoids coincides with the beginning of colony collapse. Yet the EPA continues to allow their use, putting the future of our food at grave risk. Honey bees play a crucial role in pollinating as many as one third of our staple food crops. If we do not act now to protect our bees, we could be left without many of our favorite fruits and vegetables indefinitely.
Thankfully, the EPA is currently accepting public comments on its latest decision not to suspend the use of clothianidin. A group of senators, led by Sen. Kristin Gillibrand, have already written a letter to the EPA telling the organization that waiting until 2018 to review clothianidin will be too late for the bees.
Sign the petition below to demand that the EPA recognize bee colony collapse as an emergency situation and immediately reconsider banning the use of clothianidin to protect future of our honey bees and our food.
Dear Lisa Jackson,
I am writing to express my extreme disappointment with the EPA’s decision to continue allowing the use of the harmful pesticide clothianidin. An increasing number of scientific studies have attributed neonicotinoid pesticides like clothianidin as major causal factors in bee colony collapse.
Since 2006, U.S. honey bees have been dying at alarming rates. Each year, honey bee populations have decreased by about 30 percent. Honey bees play a crucial role in pollinating as many as one third of our staple food crops. If we do not act now to protect our bees, we are putting the future of our food at grave risk. As such, it is absolutely irresponsible for the EPA to continue allowing the use of clothianidin, despite having virtually no scientific study proving its safety.
I urge you to recognize that bee colony collapse is an emergency situation. Please immediately reconsider banning the use of clothianidin to protect future of our honey bees and our food. Waiting until 2018 will be too late.
[Your Name Here]