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Tell the EPA: Immediately suspend the pesticide that's killing bees!

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Tell the EPA: Immediately suspend the pesticide that's killing bees!

A blockbuster study released last week by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), has for the first time labeled the pesticide clothianidin as an "unacceptable" danger to bees.1

Scientists have long thought that clothianidin is at least partially to blame for the alarming rate that bees have been dying off in the U.S. - nearly 30% of our bee population, per year, has been lost to so-called colony collapse since 2006.2

But the EPA has repeatedly ignored scientists' warnings and Americans' urgings to ban its use, citing lack of evidence.

Now, the EFSA study could be a major breakthrough to convince the EPA to take emergency action, and suspend the use of clothianidin to stop the precipitous decline in global honeybee populations.

Tell the EPA: Immediately suspend the pesticide that's killing bees!

In addition to finding clothianidin too dangerous to use on plants pollinated by bees, EFSA's study specifically identifies as too flawed to be useful the shoddy studies provided by pesticide manufacturer Bayer as evidence of clothianidin's safety. 3

It was these sham studies that EPA used to first approve clothianidin in 2003, even against the objections of EPA's own scientists.4

The pesticide, which is used to treat seeds like corn and canola, expresses itself through the plants' pollen and nectar -- the honeybee's favorite sources of food. Clothianidin is in a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids, which are relatively new, and their use coincides with the rise of colony collapse.

If EPA does not take emergency action now, it won't review clothianidin again until 2018.

Given the rate of colony collapse, and the indispensable role that pollinators play in our food system -- pollinating one-third of our food crops and providing literally billions of dollars in economic benefit -- it would be stunningly irresponsible of EPA to continue allowing the use of this dangerous pesticide for at least another five years.

Sign the petition urging EPA to take immediate action now!

1. "Pesticides and Honey Bees: State of the Science," Pesticide Action Network North America
2. " Insecticide 'unacceptable' danger to bees, report finds," Guardian, 1/16/13
3. "European Agency concludes neonicotinoid pesticides too dangerous for bees," NRDC, 1/16/13
4. "Leaked document shows EPA allowed bee-toxic pesticide despite own scientists' red flags," Grist, 12/10/10

Tell the EPA: Immediately suspend the pesticide that's killing bees!

Sign the petition
Tell the EPA: Immediately suspend the pesticide that's killing bees!

The Petition Reads:

"In light of new evidence showing that the pesticide clothianidin poses a significant danger to bees, EPA should take immediate action to suspend its use."

A blockbuster study released last week by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), has for the first time labeled the pesticide clothianidin as an "unacceptable" danger to bees.1

Scientists have long thought that clothianidin is at least partially to blame for the alarming rate that bees have been dying off in the U.S. - nearly 30% of our bee population, per year, has been lost to so-called colony collapse since 2006.2

But the EPA has repeatedly ignored scientists' warnings and Americans' urgings to ban its use, citing lack of evidence.

Now, the EFSA study could be a major breakthrough to convince the EPA to take emergency action, and suspend the use of clothianidin to stop the precipitous decline in global honeybee populations.

Tell the EPA: Immediately suspend the pesticide that's killing bees!

In addition to finding clothianidin too dangerous to use on plants pollinated by bees, EFSA's study specifically identifies as too flawed to be useful the shoddy studies provided by pesticide manufacturer Bayer as evidence of clothianidin's safety. 3

It was these sham studies that EPA used to first approve clothianidin in 2003, even against the objections of EPA's own scientists.4

The pesticide, which is used to treat seeds like corn and canola, expresses itself through the plants' pollen and nectar -- the honeybee's favorite sources of food. Clothianidin is in a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids, which are relatively new, and their use coincides with the rise of colony collapse.

If EPA does not take emergency action now, it won't review clothianidin again until 2018.

Given the rate of colony collapse, and the indispensable role that pollinators play in our food system -- pollinating one-third of our food crops and providing literally billions of dollars in economic benefit -- it would be stunningly irresponsible of EPA to continue allowing the use of this dangerous pesticide for at least another five years.

Sign the petition urging EPA to take immediate action now!

Pesticides and Honey Bees: State of the Science
Insecticide 'unacceptable' danger to bees, report finds
European Agency concludes neonicotinoid pesticides too dangerous for bees
Leaked document shows EPA allowed bee-toxic pesticide despite own scientists' red flags
1. "," Pesticide Action Network North America2. "," Guardian, 1/16/133. "," NRDC, 1/16/134. "," Grist, 12/10/10

Tell the EPA: Immediately suspend the pesticide that's killing bees!

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Comments

1.
TenajComment by Tenaj - February 7, 2013, 6:24 am
Guns, politicians, and economic policies are not what's going to kill us. Every time I hear a politican and people make the comment "I am thinking of my children and grandchildren," I think of stuff like this. This happens with drugs too. Too bad the scientists don't have a say so on the final decision making for environmental policies.
2.
sully16Comment by sully16 - February 7, 2013, 7:02 am
I'm on board, In Michigan we are pushing to save and increase bee population.
3.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - February 7, 2013, 10:39 am
Yep,
I thought chemicals was killing bees thru pollen some time ago. Commented about it in a blog entry or comment some time ago.
Thought it was the cause of the local concentration of massive bird die offs too. In the food they ate.
4.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - February 7, 2013, 10:55 am
http://blogs.lotterypost.com/jap69/2012/3/round-up-weed-killer-gentically-engineered.htm

Whatever is in round up could cause bee kill too.
We lose the bees you will have massive hunger. I tried growing a garden 2 or 3 times and the plants will not produce. I have not seen bees in my area since I have been here. The flowers on my plants just dried up and fell off. I gave up on growing a garden.
5.
emilygComment by emilyg - February 7, 2013, 11:30 am
Write to everyone in DC.
6.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - February 7, 2013, 11:48 am
Yep,
Found another article on bee kill. I would contact DC directly. Someone needs to start a white house petition for the EPA to do something about the pesticides killing bees. Even if the petition does not get the full amount of signatures on the white house petition they will take notice of it.
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This online petition does not have a lot of signatures but the article content discusses chemical kill in bees. I would contact DC politicians directly or sign the white house petition if available.
Something needs to be done. Either that or go hungry.

http://www.petitiononline.com/Bees/petition.html
7.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - February 7, 2013, 11:50 am
Thanks for the article Tenaj.
8.
TenajComment by Tenaj - February 7, 2013, 12:32 pm
you welcome Jap69 but it won't hurt to sign this petetion
https://act.credoaction.com/campaign/efsa_bees/
9.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - February 7, 2013, 12:58 pm
You are right Tenaj, all petitions are a benefit for the cause of the bee kill investigation.
I missed that when I read your posted article.
10.
Comment by GASMETERGUY - February 7, 2013, 8:11 pm
I keep bees. They are wonderful creatures. I sure hope scientists have discovered the culprit in CCD.

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