Organic Consumers Association

Tell Your Representative: Please Support the Saving America’s Pollinators Act (H.R. 2692)

On February 7, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered yet another pesticide known to be toxic to honeybees—over the objections of citizens and environmentalists, and despite research suggesting it was a bad idea

Will it take an Act of Congress to protect the pollinators that are critical to our food supply? Fortunately, the Saving America’s Pollinators Act (H.R. 2692) has been introduced. Unfortunately, it’s still languishing in committee, where it was sent in August 2013.

Tell Your Representative: Please Support the Saving America’s Pollinators Act (H.R. 2692)

The EPA ignored all the evidence pointing to pesticides as the number one cause of Colony Collapse Disorder. Instead, on February 17, the EPA unconditionally registered a pesticide called cyantraniliprole, use on a variety of foods including leafy vegetables, milk, almonds, berries and onions.

It’s clear that the EPA, which last year approved the pesticide sulfoxaflor, another known killer of bees, is more intent on protecting Dupont, Syngenta and other pesticide-makers than it is on protecting your environment.

Bees play a critical role in pollinating crops. Without them, nearly a third of our food crops can’t survive. But Since 2006, bee populations have declined steeply, and remain on the decline. Scientists attribute their demise to the cumulative effect of multiple types of pesticides. TIME magazine estimates nearly 10 million beehives have been lost already.

The Organic Consumers Association is working with Friends of the Earth and other allies to convince retailers like Home Depot and Lowe’s to stop selling bee-killing pesticides and plants coated in neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides implicated in Colony Collapse Disorder.

You can help by refusing to buy garden plants and pesticides from these stores. In the meantime, let’s work to get enough legislators on board with the Saving America’s Pollinators Act. 

Tell Your Representative: Please Support the Saving America’s Pollinators Act (H.R. 2692)