Pull Bayer's Bee-Killing Pesticide. Now.
  • Petitioned Lisa Jackson

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EPA Administrator
Lisa Jackson

Pull Bayer's Bee-Killing Pesticide. Now.

    1. Petition by

      Pesticide Action Network North America

On December 8, PAN joined Beyond Pesticides and beekeepers from around the country in breaking a story that is coming to be known as “Wik-Bee Leaks” or the “Clothianidin Controversy.” As media are reporting, bees are dying off while EPA turns a blind eye.

People are outraged and have been asking us what they can do.

Urging EPA to pull a bee-killing pesticide that Germany, Italy and France have already banned is an important first step. The Agency will need unprecedented public pressure to make use of its emergency powers. And you can bet Bayer will batle to keep this blockbuster product on the market. But we have to pick this fight. Here's why:

  • U.S. bee populations are still declining and scientists believe pesticides are a critical piece of the puzzle. Clothianidin’s family of pesticides (neonicotinoids, including imidacloprid) are an especially suspect culprit.
  • Clothianidin is on the U.S. market on the basis of unsound science and deeply flawed EPA decision-making. Like most pesticides registered in the last 15 years, it was rushed to market prior to safety testing with a “conditional registration.”
  • Beekeepers can’t take another season of losses. Beekeepers tell us that like their hives, their industry is on the verge of collapse. With 1/3 of food reliant on bees for pollination, the collapse of commercial beekeeping would devastate U.S. farmers as well.

Thank you for taking a stand with beekeepers.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Lorna Paisley JOLIET, IL
      • over 3 years ago

      Greed, lies, stupidity, nuclear crisis, no pollinators, we could be doomed.

      And the sad part is no one seems to care.

    • Eddie Griffiths SEATTLE, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      Given that 1/3 of all food crops are reliant upon bee pollination for production feeding a hungry planet compels us to consider their fate as OUR OWN, It is imperative to ban immediately all Clothianiidin pesticides as the agents of genocide which they are,

    • Howard Curtis KERRVILLE, TX
      • over 3 years ago


    • Christine Aspinall RICHMOND, CANADA
      • over 3 years ago

      It seem to me that the EPA is not doing its job. So many problems have cropped up which the EPA is not taking seriously. The pesticide Clothiandin is obviously not good for the environment or anything in it. Dangerous chemicals MUST be banned soon. What more proof that the devastating effects of DDT some years ago. Man has to deal with nature 'naturally'. Our bees are vital to our lives. Which is more important, the loss of billions of dollars worth of food crops or the banning of this deadly pesticide. We do not need it.

    • debra simons ASHEVILLE, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      what can I possibly add to this???

      if people don't make some drastic changes soon, the species responsible for pollinating our food supply will continue its quick decline. Achim Steiner, executive director of the U.N. Environment Programme, has said, "Of the 100 crop species that provide 90 percent of the world's food, over 70 are pollinated by bees." In the year 2000 alone, the value of crops pollinated by bees was estimated at $14.6 billion — and that's only accounting for the U.S. food supply!


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