Prevent expansion of honeybee-killing pesticides
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering a proposal to dramatically expand the use of the bee-killing pesticide thiamethoxam. If approved, the harmful pesticide would be allowed to be sprayed directly on wheat, barley, corn, sorghum, alfalfa, rice, and potato crops, greatly increasing the exposure to already at-risk honeybees.
Sign my petition to ask that the EPA deny the proposal expanding the use of neonicotinoids, and shift directions to restricting these harmful pesticides.
Bees pollinate approximately 75 percent of the fruits, nuts, and vegetables grown in the U.S. Without bees, many of the food crops we rely on would simply die off.
The proposal, by the agrochemical giant Syngenta, was released the same day as an assessment by EPA scientists detailing the dangers posed by neonicotinoid pesticides, including thiamethoxam, to honeybees, birds and aquatic life.
Sign the petition to ask the EPA to reject Syngenta's proposal to expand the use of bee-killing pesticides.
The European Union and Canada are already taking steps to limit or ban neonicotinoid pesticides due to their negative impact to pollinators. By expanding their use in the U.S., the EPA would be causing grave harm to the environment and our food supply.
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