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Tell the EPA: Stop bee-killing pesticides from harming pollinators!

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Tell the EPA to stop allowing neonicotinoid pesticides to put our pollinators, food, and environmental health at risk! Right now, the Environmental Protection Agency is considering whether or not to allow the continued use of four toxic insecticides called neonicotinoids, or “neonics” for short -- the most widely used class of pesticides in the world. Hundreds of studies have found neonics to be harmful to wild and managed bees, and associated with the decline in bird populations.

The EPA wants to know what the public thinks about neonicotinoids, and the deadline has just been extended to April 21. Submit a comment now to defend the pollinators which support our food supply, and maintain a healthy, safe environment that can sustain current and future generations.  

Pollinators help produce one-third of the world’s food crops, and this class of toxic pesticide causes serious harm to the central nervous systems of bees, other insects and wildlife. If neonics are not discontinued soon, our food supply could be in jeopardy. Enough already! It is time to end the destructive, irresponsible use of neonicotinoids. 

Adding your personal comments will help show decision-makers that you are serious enough to put some time into stopping neonics, and that these concerns will not go away once the comment period closes. Thank you!

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Protect our food systems and prohibit neonicotinoids.
Dear Scott Pruitt, Please stop permitting the widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticides which harm our pollinators. Hundreds of studies have found neonics to be harmful to wild and managed bees, and associated with the decline in bird populations. Neonicotinoids are an unsafe environmental contaminant, and to allow their continued use would be to permit harm to our food systems and shared public resources. These comments regard the following neonicotinoid-related requests for public input: EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0865-0250 - Registration Reviews: Neonicotinoid Risk Assessments; Neonicotinoid Benefits Assessments. EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0844 - Registration Review: Imidacloprid, 7605. EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0865 - Registration Review: Clothianidin, 7620. EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0581 - Registration Review: Thiamethoxam, 7614. EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0920 - Registration Review: Dinotefuran, 7441. ‘Neonics’ -- which include imidacloprid, clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran -- are the most widely used class of insecticides in the world, commonly used to coat seeds for corn, soy, canola, and cotton on tens of millions of acres of U.S. farmland. Seeds coated with neonic pesticides release dust during planting that can drift and contaminate other areas, leach into soil and water and get absorbed by other plants. This class of toxic pesticide causes serious harm to the central nervous systems of bees, other insects and wildlife. The toxins can impair the cognition of bees, causing many worker bees to forget their way home. This is a big problem not only for honey bees often used for commercial pollinator services and honey production, but for wild bees as well. Pollinators help produce one-third of the world’s food crop production, and we need them: We require pollinators to support our food supply, and maintain a healthy, safe environment which can sustain current and future generations. A recent study even showed neonicotinoid pesticides are prevalent in the largest freshwater ecosystem in the world, consistently present in the tributaries of the Great Lakes. Water is life, and without clean, safe water, and a healthy ecosystem -- the pollinators aren’t the only beings at risk. This widespread use is having devastating and long-term effects on the environment. The writing is on the wall: Neonics are causing more harm than good. Please stop allowing neonicotinoid pesticides to put our pollinators, food, and environmental health at risk. Thank you for your consideration, because as much as we need the bees -- right now, they need us too.
Photo Credit: Natural Resources Conservation Service, United States Department of Agriculture