Target: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Goal: To inform the EPA of the harmful affects of bee colony collapse to our food supply
Recently, the EPA stated that the United States’ bee population is facing extinction. Nearly one-third of our honeybee and wild bee populations have either died or mysteriously disappeared in the last 10 years, and the numbers are having adverse affects on the nation’s food supply. The apocalyptic nature of these events – bees abandoning their hives without warning, leaving behind honey and intact wax – is alarming as bees are responsible for the pollination of nearly $15 billion dollars worth of edible crops every year.
One beekeeper from Minneapolis retold a disheartening tale of bees ‘spilling out of their hives like they’re drunk and falling to the ground dead’ — victims of highly toxic agricultural pesticide poisoning. The ongoing pandemic is responsible for a 55% decrease in the nation’s bee population. As a result, foods such as apples, onions and almonds are in short supply and beekeepers across the nation are experiencing the largest losses ever recorded. If this continues, the nations’ markets and other food chains could see a depletion in their overall inventory or items could simply disappear from menus.
Responsible for the spreading of these harmful pesticides is chemical-giant Bayer, the largest producer of the drug aspirin and distributor of alka seltzer. Countless unbiased studies have been conducted that reveal Bayer’s emission of noxious pesticides to be directly linked to what’s become known as Colony Collapse Disorder. When wild bees and honeybees pick up the scent of pesticides and ingest them, the effects are similar to that of chemical nerve agent poisoning. The bees, as a result, are unable to feed, make their way back to their hives, and, most importantly, pollinate.
The EPA has the power to reverse this epidemic but has succumbed to pressure from Bayer, fearing the company’s status, money and overall power. While the EPA continues to falter, Bayer sustains its deadly massacre against the nation’s bee population. The state of the nation’s crops, food supply, environment and future are at risk. By signing this petition you’ll tell the EPA that you will not waver in the war against Colony Collapse Disorder and save the lives of bees which are crucial to our food supply.
Dear Environmental Protection Agency,
In the last ten years, the United States’ bee population has been vanishing. Crops that were once readily available have simply become sparse and various supermarket chains and other food establishments have been forced to increase the prices of these crops or go without. Toxic pesticides spewed into the environment from businesses like Bayer Chemicals have been linked directly to the depletion of honeybee and wild bee populations, and yet, you’ve done nothing to bring attention to their harmful behavior.
Pollination is essential to the growth of many of the crops produced in the U.S. but, without bees, that step of development is deleted and as a result, the food supply suffers greatly. This grisly pandemic is not only bad for the nation’s food supply but it is also destroying the businesses of beekeepers resulting in economic downturn.
You are the only agency with the power to stand up to big chemical agencies like Bayer and demand that they place a ban on the spread of bee-killing pesticides. Your indifference is appalling and shocking as the sustenance of our environment should be of top priority. With that being said, where do your interests lie?
I hope that you strongly consider what powerful companies are doing to hurt our environment and take a serious stand against them for the sake of our nations’ future well being.
[Your Name Here]
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