Sign Petition to the EPA to Ban Systemic Pesticides (Neonicotinoids) that Kill Bees
Systemic Pesticides, known as Neonicotinoids or Neonics for short, are lethal to bees. You can sign this petition to the EPA to ban these pesticides here:
Here is an excerpt from the petition:
In the past several months, four separate studies have added substantial weight to the growing body of evidence showing that widespread use of nicotine-based insecticides called neonicotinoids is linked to Colony Collapse Disorder. When exposed to these nerve-agents, bees get lost -- they are literally unable to find their way back home to their hive and drop dead from exhaustion. One study found that colonies exposed to neonicotinoids produced 85 percent fewer queens, meaning the creation of 85 percent fewer hives. United States Department of Agriculture bee expert Jeffery Pettis rightly calls the findings “alarming.”
Bayer markets its neonicotinoids -- like imidacloprid and clothianidin -- widely to growers of corn, soy, wheat, cotton, sorghum, peanuts, and other crops. Research by the Pesticide Action Network of North America showed that a minimum of 142 million acres were planted in neonic-treated seeds in the year 2010. 142 million acres is equivalent to the size of California and Oregon combined! And that number is likely to be even higher this year. On top of that, neonics are widely used in home garden and landscaping products.
EPA registration of Bayer's neonicotinoids was primarily based on a study funded by the Bayer Corporation itself, and that study has been discredited by the EPA's own scientists.
The EPA must act now to ban the sale of Bayer's neoniconitoid products. Bees are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat. When the bees suffer, we all suffer. We must do everything possible to protect this essential pollinator. Our bees, and the plants they pollinate, can't wait.