Target: Katy Coba, Director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture
Goal: Enforce a permanent ban on pesticides that harm bees
As the honeybee population faces further strife from companies such as Monsanto and their use of pesticides, state agencies are working to rid commercial and private use of such chemicals to save bee populations. Following two major bee deaths in Hillsboro and Wilsonville, Oregon (in which over 50,000 honeybees perished), Oregon officials have imposed a 180-day ban on pesticides containing dinotefuran, which may have been the cause of such massive deaths. Many countries other than the United States have banned bee-killing pesticides in an effort to keep bee populations afloat, yet the United States still lags behind.
With incidents such as the massive bee deaths in Oregon, the need to ban such pesticides becomes more and more urgent. Katy Coba, Director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture stated that she has “directed the agency to take this step in an effort to minimize any potential for additional incidents involving bee deaths connected to pesticide products with this active ingredient until such time as our investigation is completed and we have more information. Conclusions from the investigation will help us and our partners evaluate whether additional steps need to be considered.”
This is a step in the right direction in honeybee preservation, yet the ban in Oregon is only for 180 days. Sign this petition to urge the Oregon Department of Agriculture to impose a permanent ban, not only to help protect honeybee populations, but to serve as an example for other states in hopes that they will follow suit.
Dear Katy Coba,
Given the recent incidents in Hillsboro and Wilsonville in which more than 50,000 honeybees died, the need to ban harmful pesticides is more urgent than ever. Your efforts in steering the Oregon Department of Agriculture towards a pesticide ban are admirable. Unfortunately, the ban you have enacted will only last 180 days. The evidence already at hand is enough to impose a permanent ban on chemicals such as dinotefuran, which is known to be harmful to honeybee populations.
I urge you to impose a permanent ban on these chemicals to save the honeybee populations. Many countries have already banned harmful pesticides in attempts to preserve honeybee populations, yet the United States has yet to do so. I believe that through your state’s example, a permanent ban on pesticides that quell honeybee populations may serve as a catalyst for other states to follow suit. Please, permanently ban these pesticides.
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