PETITION: Tell the EPA to make chemical companies accountable for their bee-killing pesticides
Jun 12 2012 by Jade van Drie-Brown
To: the Environmental Protection Agency
Recently, over half of bee populations have vanished. Bees pollinate scores of fruit and vegetable crops, a natural process estimated to be worth $15 billion to the agriculture industry. Unfortunately, this pollination is threatened by neonicotinoid pesticides, a popular bug deterrent that has now been linked to killing off entire bee colonies. Studies show that the chemicals disorient bees, causing them to never find their way back to the hive, and ultimately lead to less production of honey and beeswax.
We need to take immediate action to preserve the remainder of our bee population before it has devastating effects on our food production. As the EPA, you should take regulatory steps to make chemical companies responsible for the safety of their pesticides and protect our environment from the destructive effects of pollination decline.
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You can find out more about the damaging effects of bees and pesticides by visiting the Pesticide Action Network’s bee microsite here
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