Tell the EPA: Stop Letting Pesticides Kill Honey Bees
  • Petitioned Steven Bradbury

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Director, EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs
Steven Bradbury

Tell the EPA: Stop Letting Pesticides Kill Honey Bees

    1. Sarah Parsons
    2. Petition by

      Sarah Parsons

      Silver Spring, MD

Honey bees are in dire straits. Since 2006, some beekeepers have reported losing 30 to 90 percent of their hives to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a phenomenon where bees leave their hives and never return. While experts think many factors are contributing to CCD, pesticides are one of the culprits that have been fingered.

Beekeepers and a group of non-profits recently called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to remove Poncho, a commonly used pesticide, from store shelves and restrict its use. The group claims that the pesticide may be killing off bees, serving as a major contributor to CCD. They also say that Poncho really shouldn't have ever made it into the marketplace at all. Bayer Crop Science, the maker of Poncho, failed to conduct research that adequately studied Poncho's potential impact on honey bees. 

Through pollination, honey bees are responsible for producing one-third of America's food supply. If pesticides like Poncho keep perpetuating the spread of CCD, we can kiss food security goodbye.

It's time to stop CCD. Sign our petition asking the EPA to immediately ban the sale of Poncho and conduct a thorough study that analyzes the pesticide's potential impacts on honey bees.

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    1. Reached 8 signatures
    2. Wik-Bee Leaks Uncovers Government Bee Killing Conspiracy

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Editor's Note 1/22/11: There has been some confusion as to who broke the story, but contrary to earlier reports, WikiLeaks was not involved. Pesticide Action Network North America worked with beekeeper Tom Theobald and Beyond Pesticides to expose the...

    3. EPA Turns a Blind Eye as Pesticide Poisons Honey Bees

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's famous song, "The Flight of the Bumblebee," should really be changed to "The Plight of the Bumblebee." Honey bees are dying off by the masses from Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a phenomenon where bees leave the hive, never...

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    • Eileen McMenamin HIGHLAND PARK, AFGHANISTAN
      • over 3 years ago

      European countries have banned Poncho pesticide. It would be wise if we do the same. We are all connected and should really begin to understand this fact in this 21st century; not ignore the facts. Thank you.

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    • Janet Glover RUSSIAVILLE, IN
      • over 3 years ago

      Honeybees are an indicator of environmental quaity. What's happening to the bees is happening to our environment. It's YOUR job to PROTECT the environment, not protect the profts of companies like Bayer. Our survival depends on the honeybees, and it's critical that Poncho and other systemic, persitent pesticides be banned IMMEDIATELY. The EPA exists to protect the citizens and the environment, not to protect corporate profits!!

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    • Linda Maples EDGEWOOD, MD
      • over 3 years ago

      Does anyone "in charge here" even care that we actually need bees for 40% of our food supply? Or that they [bees] pollinate over 15 billion dollars worth of our crops each year, and produce about 150 million dollars worth of honey annually as well? Unless this is done deliberately so that the only thing we will have left to eat is Monsanto's GMO's, I'm inclined to say that our leaders [controllers] really need to WAKE UP, educate themselves on wildlife and the natural 'order' of things on this planet and how this has sustained the human species thus far, and get to the task of assessing the devastation and destruction THE ONES IN CHARGE have reaped on this entire planet in the name of profits! Between massive pesticides, gmo's, waste dumping and the carbon footprints of numerous [too many] careless, greed-driven corporations and Big Agribiz [and of course, our bought and paid for Congress, FDA, USDA and political officials that obligingly let it happen..special interests *wink wink*], it is truly a wonder we have any LIFE left whatsoever on this planet. How sad [and insane] is that?!

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    • Abraham Luna TAMPA, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      i dont know why you guys are destroying the very world that gave you life. why are you killing your children before they get a chance to breath. i dont get it and i never want to understand it

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    • Rich Stevenson CINCINNATI, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      I have a degree in bioolgy and chemistry. Get the offending chemical off the market. We cannot offord to kill off our honey bees. They are far too important to food production, over one-third of all foods grown. Regulators got this wrong. Ban the responsible pesticides. CCD is a preventable problem.

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