Ban the use of neonicotinoid.

Ban the use of neonicotinoid.

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Neonicotinoid, a neuroactive agricultural insecticide, blocks pathways in the central nervous system of insects. By affecting the central nervous system, insects become disoriented and are unable to feed. Although farmers are trying to only target their crop, this systemic insecticide affects the entire ecosystem. As runoff goes into the soil, surrounding native plant species absorb the insecticide. Being systematic, the plants absorb the insecticide throughout their system including in their pollen and nectar.  Pollinators then come into contact with these small quantities of neonicotinoid.

Even though these small doses of the insecticide don’t kill pollinators, such as honey bees immediately, they have a negative effect over time. Neonicotinoid disorients bees and reduces their ability to remove sick or dead bees from the hive. The inability to remove the spread of disease increases levels of sick hives. The insecticide also lowers productive capability of queens resulting in the slow collapse of hives over time.

According to the USDA website, “…one out of every three bites of food we eat exists because of animal pollinators like bees, butterflies and moths, birds and bats, and beetles and other insects.” This is alarming as populations of pollinators such as the honeybee are declining at a rapid rate. Action must be taken.

Please, sign this petition to ban the use of neonicotinoid and help save honeybees and other pollinators.

 

https://www.soilassociation.org/our-campaigns/ban-neonics/about-neonicotinoids/

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/neonicotinoid-pesticides-slowly-killing-bees

https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/plantsanimals/pollinate/

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