Tell EPA to Protect our Honey Bees from Pesticides

Honey bees and other insect pollinators are dying off at unprecedented rates and pesticides are a clear causal factor. This week and next, EPA is deciding just how “real” they think the pesticide threat to our pollinators is. 

In March, the Center for Food Safety joined partners and beekeepers from around the country in filing a legal petition with EPA, calling on the agency to make use of its emergency powers to protect bees from a pesticide called clothianidin that is particularly harmful to bees. In the next two weeks, we expect EPA will decide whether this threat constitutes the “imminent hazard” necessary for the agency to take emergency action to suspend registration of this toxic pesticide.

Bees and other pollinators are indicator species – as they go, so goes the environment, and with it, us. If bees dying off en masse aren’t an “imminent hazard”, then we don’t know what is.

Sign the petition below to tell EPA that the threat to bees is very real, and they need to take emergency action!

Lisa Jackson, Administrator
Environmental Protection Agency

Dear Administrator Jackson,

Honey bees and other insect pollinators are dying off at unprecedented rates and pesticides are a clear causal factor. This cannot be allowed to continue, and you can do something about it.

Your agency is considering an Emergency Citizen Petition right now that seeks suspension of the insecticide clothianidin, the petition filed with you on March 20 by 25 beekeepers and four consumer and environmental groups (EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0334). Applied to over a hundred million acres across the country, clothianidin has recently been confirmed as a highly toxic pesticide to which honey bees are exposed at potentially lethal rates throughout the corn planting season. Because clothianidin is persistent and systemic, bees and other pollinators also face ongoing sub-lethal exposures throughout the course of the year in a variety of other settings.

Immediately at stake are the livelihoods of beekeepers upon whose daily work we rely to pollinate America’s vital crops. Equally important, and more profound, is the fact that pollinators are keystone, indicator species – as they go, so goes the environment, and with it, us.

Ms. Jackson, you can make the difference. Please recognize this is an emergency and suspend clothianidin’s registration until your agency ensures compliance with the condition it imposed nine years ago. EPA said then that the registrant for clothianidin, Bayer Crop Science, had to provide an acceptable field study showing it would have not have unreasonable adverse effects on pollinators, yet Bayer has never produced a single scientifically valid field study supporting clothianidin’s safety for pollinators. To date, your agency has let down the nation in allowing an unsafe and untested chemical to be released to market. But EPA has before it a very clear opportunity to take decisive action.

The ongoing threat to America’s honey bees is an emergency and an imminent hazard. Period. Americans are counting on you to make this right.
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