Target: U.S. Congress
Goal: Pass legislation that would suspend bee-killing pesticides to save bee populations from massive decline
Studies have shown that neonicotinoids—a type of toxic pesticide—have caused large-scale declines in U.S. bee populations. This raises a concern because numerous crops are reliant on bee pollination. These crops make up about $30 billion worth of food and they will be under threat if the honeybee population is not sustained.
A government-sponsored study shows that in winter 2012, U.S. beekeepers lost 45.1 percent of their bee populations. Some beekeepers lost their entire colony. This loss may be attributed to a threat known as the Colony Collapse Disorder, a situation where bees exposed to pesticides are at great risk of being infected with a parasite called Nosema ceranae. This parasite can kill off entire colonies of bees at once, making the bee population and the foods that they pollinate extremely vulnerable to wipeout.
Recently, Rep. John Conyers and Rep. Earl Blumenauer proposed legislation called Save America’s Pollinators Act of 2013 that if passed, would suspend at least four types of toxic pesticides (imidacloprid, clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotafuran).
By signing this petition you will help urge Congress to pass this legislation in order to halt the use of toxic pesticides that may kill off our bee population and create a threat to the portion of the United States’ food supply that depends on bee pollination.
Dear members of Congress,
For the past few years, the massive decline of honeybees in the United States has been a great concern, especially since about $30 billion worth of our food depends on bee pollination to properly develop. Reports have linked the large-scale death of bees to the use of toxic pesticides, which may lead to decreased resistance of bees to harmful pesticides. This decreased resistance has caused full colonies of bees to die at once, a situation dubbed Colony Collapse Disorder, that puts the honeybee’s existence at risk.
I understand that recently, U.S. representatives John Conyers and Earl Blumenauer have proposed legislation called Save America’s Pollinators Act of 2013 that aims to suspend four types of toxic pesticides that are seen as harmful to the honeybees’ survival. Please allow this legislation to pass so that we can save our honeybee population.
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