Restrict sale,  use and application of neonicotinoid insecticides
  • Petitioned Washington State Department of Agriculture

This petition was delivered to:

Don R. "Bud" Hover, Director
Washington State Department of Agriculture
WSDA Assistant Director for Pesticide Regulation
Ted Maxwell

Restrict sale, use and application of neonicotinoid insecticides

    1. John O'Brien
    2. Petition by

      John O'Brien

      Olympia, WA

One of three bites of food we eat including most fruits and vegetables are pollinated by honeybees. In 2012 the beekeepers of Thurston County experienced colony losses of 75-85%, far higher than ever. They strongly suspect the class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids. These have been banned or use severely restricted in 4 countries in the EU, which have seen honeybee colonies rebound once the bans were implemented. The beekeepers believe that use of these chemicals for ornamental use is misguided, harmful, unnecessary, and dangerous to honeybees and other pollinators.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Other Washington County Councilmembers need to hear from YOU

      John O'Brien
      Petition Organizer

      We met with Washington Department of Agriculture yesterday. . They now have 49 days to develop a response to the commissioners' letter. Meanwhile we need your help again. They need to hear from other counties win Washington state. Other county commissioners need to be educated and encouraged to join their colleagues in Thurston county. County commissioners listen mostly only to their constituents. If you live in Washington state in a county other than Thurston, your county commissioners need to hear from you your request to sign on to this
      Go to Click on the drop-down box under "Departments," Select "Electeds- Board/Council/Electeds" From there you can email your council members directly. Then email me with your name, county and the official(s) you contacted at johnobrienpa(at)

    3. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Fred Michelson OLYMPIA, WA
      • 2 months ago

      Global nutrition and protection of the pollinators worldwide.

    • Marcia Cristens BELGIUM, BELGIUM
      • 3 months ago


    • Luis Eduardo Barboza SAN JOSé, COSTA RICA
      • 3 months ago

      no a los plagicidas.

    • Bruce Mountjoy OLYMPIA, WA
      • 3 months ago

      If there is a chance that this substance is harmful to bees it should be restricted.

    • Cody Warren ROCHESTER, WA
      • 4 months ago

      this will be my first year of keeping bees here in washington state


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