EPA: Save Our Bees and the Food We Eat!  Ban Bayer's Chemicals Now!
  • Petitioning Kevin Costello

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Kevin Costello
Acting Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
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EPA: Save Our Bees and the Food We Eat! Ban Bayer's Chemicals Now!

    1. Petition by

      Susan Mariner

      Virginia Beach, VA

United States bee populations are in a nationwide free fall -- and this could spell the end of fruits and vegetables grown on our soil. 

Not only has the US experienced widespread honeybee deaths and disappearances, called "Colony Collapse Disorder," we have also seen a dramatic decrease in the wild bee population. Massive and continuing declines in the bee population mean the diversity of our nation's food supply is in jeopardy!

As a third generation backyard gardener who is passing the knowledge of how to grow food on to my own children, I've witnessed the decline in bees firsthand. In order to draw more bees to our garden, my kids and I surround our vegetable beds with wildflowers, and we never use chemicals in our garden or lawn. My family is doing everything we can to help our local bees survive, but the chemical giant Bayer Corporation is working against us.  And the EPA has yet to stop them.

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.

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    1. Reached 150,000 signatures
    2. Articles on recent studies keep coming....

      Susan Mariner
      Petition organiser

      Here's a good overall picture of what's been found recently -- http://wakeup-world.com/2012/04/24/mystery-of-the-disappearing-bees-solved/

    3. Another excellent update from the Pesiticide Action Network

      Susan Mariner
      Petition organiser

      From the article: "Over the last 15 years, U.S. corn cultivation has gone from a crop requiring little-to-no insecticides and negligible amounts of fungicides, to a crop where the average acre is grown from seeds treated or genetically engineered to express three different insecticides (as well as a fungicide or two) before being sprayed prophylactically with RoundUp (an herbicide) and a new class of fungicides that farmers didn’t know they “needed” before the mid-2000s.

      A series of marketing ploys by the pesticide industry undergird this story. It’s about time to start telling it, if for no other reason than to give lie to the oft-repeated notion that there is no alternative to farming corn in a way that poisons pollinators. We were once — not so long ago — on a very different path."

    4. More about why I created the petition

      Susan Mariner
      Petition organiser

      The Pesticide Action Network and Beyond Pesticides have joined forces in the creation of HoneybeeHaven.org. You can learn more about how to create your own haven for bees there. I was honored to be asked to share more of my personal story there.

    5. Scientists are calling for a global ban on neonicotinoids.

      Susan Mariner
      Petition organiser

      Let's keep the pressure on the EPA to act now! Please sign and forward this petition widely.

    6. Neonicotinoids in Lawn and Gardening Products!

      Susan Mariner
      Petition organiser

      Did you know that products approved for home use in gardens, lawns, and on ornamental trees have manufacturer-recommended application rates up to 120 times higher than rates approved for agricultural crops?

      List of Bee-killing Neonicotinoids:

      Acetamiprid
      Clothianidin
      Dinotefuran
      Imidacloprid
      Nithizine
      Thiacloprid
      Thiamethoxam

    7. Momentum to Prevent the Extinction of Bees is Building

      Susan Mariner
      Petition organiser

      The Pesticide Action Network of North America reports that even more damning studies on the lethal impact of neonicitonoids are awaiting publication. Help keep the pressure on the EPA to ban these bee-killing chemicals now by signing and sharing this petition widely.

    8. Reached 100,000 signatures
    9. UK Government to Reconsider Nerve-Agent Insecticides

      Susan Mariner
      Petition organiser

      Bayer's neonicotinoids have already been banned in several European countries due to their lethal impact on bees. Now, as evidence continues to mount that the use of neonicotinoids is resulting in Colony Collapse, the government of the United Kingdom is considering a similar ban.

      "The Government is to reconsider its refusal to ban neonicotinoid pesticides, the nerve-agent chemicals blamed for the collapse of bee colonies worldwide, the chief scientist at the Department of the Environment, Sir Robert Watson, told The Independent."

    10. Reached 1,000 signatures

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    • Claudia Mouw - Smith AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
      • about 10 hours ago

      Because some random year 13s came to my class and told me to sign it and I love foodd

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    • Samantha Teboul AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
      • about 10 hours ago

      I like honey

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    • Lizzie Snow AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
      • about 10 hours ago

      Cuz I like food

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    • Anna Yates AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
      • about 10 hours ago

      Because I believe this is a huge problem and i wanna help!

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    • Megan Alkins TEMPE, AZ
      • about 11 hours ago

      It is important because Einstein said when the bees are gone, so is the human race after 4 years. Scary stuff!

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