Target: Environmental Protection Agency
Goal: Ban the use of honeybee killing pesticides
Honeybee populations were down a third in the Spring of 2013. This is no surprise due to the widespread use of deadly pesticides known as neonicotinoids, or nics. Nics are an indirect cause of colony collapse, a plague that is killing bee colonies throughout the country. When honeybees are exposed to nics they experience a crash to their senses, their ability to navigate, forge, and communicate are devastated, reproductive patterns are thrown off, and their immune systems are severely weakened. With their defenses down they are extremely susceptible to natural predators such as mites and fungi that rip through beehives.
In the past year there has been an overwhelming amount of research released linking massive honeybee die-offs to the use of nics. In April the European Union banned their use for two years despite the forewarned loss of crops and profits. Fortunately, France has had a ban on nics for years with no severe consequences. Here in the USA no such ban is taking place despite heavy concern from scientists and citizens alike.
The EPA has known of the danger nics pose to honey bees for years. In 2010 an EPA document was leaked revealing that the EPA had already studied the affects of nics on honeybee colonies. The conclusion: honey bee colonies died when exposed to nics. There is a long list of crops that depend on honeybees for pollination. Now that the EU has banned nics it is time for the US to do so as well. Let’s tell the EPA to ban nics, thus saving our bees and our food.
Dear Environmental Protection Agency,
I am concerned with the use of pesticides known as neonicotinoids. There has been a lot of scientific evidence coming forth that these pesticides are linked to the widespread death of honeybees now plaguing our country. In Spring 2013, honeybee populations were down a third. I am concerned that is we do not terminate the use of neonicotinoids that soon there won’t be enough honeybees to pollinate my favorite produce.
If we do not end the use of bee colony killing pesticides there will be an out-of-control collapse of our food systems. You, the Environmental Protection Agency, have the power to ban them in the US. They’ve already been banned in Europe, what is stopping us?
This is a problem that is growing exponentially. We must not downplay the effects of these pesticides on honeybees nor the importance of honeybees to crop production. Please, I urge you to end the use of neonicotinoids immediately, and take whatever other actions you can to protect honeybees, before we pass the tipping point. Ban neonicotinoids now so we don’t have to pay the price later.
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