Organic Consumers Association

Tell the EPA: Don’t Let Dow and Syngenta Kill More Bees!

The EPA is letting the chemical companies get away with murder.

For years, the agency has done nothing to stop Bayer and Monsanto, the leading bee-killers.

Now, the EPA is considering petitions from Dow and Syngenta to expand and increase the use of two insecticides, sulfoxaflor and thiamethoxam. Both belong to the neonicotionid class of pesticides implicated in the mass die-off of bees, known as Colony Collapse Disorder.

Deadline May 23: Tell EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy: Don’t Let Dow and Syngenta Kill More Bees! Please sign our petition opposing sulfoxaflor and thiamethoxam.

Now that we know that neonicotinoid insecticides play a role in Colony Collapse Disorder, the EPA should act to get these bee-killing “neonics” off the market.

Instead, the Obama Administration’s EPA, under Gina McCarthy, is letting the chemical companies get away with murder. McCarthy has done nothing to stop top neonic manufacturer Bayer or top neonic distributor Monsanto.

Worse yet, last year (May 2013) the EPA approved sulfoxaflor, a new neonic made by Dow. The American Beekeeping Federation, along with the American Honey Producers Association and several other national beekeeping organizations promptly sued the EPA, claiming the agency failed to adequately consider the impact sulfoxaflor will have on pollinators, and also failed to require mandatory labeling warning of the chemical’s harmful effect on bees.

Now, the chemical companies are back knocking at the EPA’s door.

Dow wants to expand the use of sulfoxaflor and get the EPA to allow residues of the insecticide on food. This includes corn, the nation’s largest crop, which is already soaked in neonics and alfalfa and clover, forage for bees, as well as livestock.

Syngenta wants the EPA to allow it to use more thiamethoxam, one of the three neonics that were used in the E.U. until being linked to bee die-offs. Syngenta has asked the EPA to increase residues of thiamethoxam allowed on several crops. For alfalfa forage, Syngenta wants to go from 0.05 to 10 parts per million (ppm)—200 times the amount!

Alfalfa is the primary honey crop in the US. It accounts for about one-third of the annual honey production by honeybees. Bees return the favor by providing alfalfa with necessary pollination. Bees are worth as much as $7 billion a year to the alfalfa hay harvest.

Tell EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy: Stop the chemical companies that are killing the bees! Please sign our petition opposing the increased use of sulfoxaflor and thiamethoxam before the deadline at midnight on May 23.



1-25 of 11849 signatures
Number Date Name Location Comments (optional)
11849 2 weeks ago Anonymous BC
11848 2 weeks ago Naveen K Baltimore, MD Stop the killing
11847 2 weeks ago Julie Goodwin Spring city, PA
11846 2 weeks ago Anonymous Waltham, MA
11845 2 weeks ago Anonymous WI Please err on the side of caution. After all, it's only our future food supply we're talking about.
11844 3 weeks ago C. W. Church-Reed CT
11843 3 weeks ago Ali Sharifpour Germantown, MD Stop killing life on the earth for money. These 'pesticides', actually destroy all life, and are not necessary for increased agricultural productivity.
11842 3 weeks ago Caleb Laieski Alexandria, VA
11841 3 weeks ago Brian Pike Cypress, TX
11840 3 weeks ago Michael Polito MA
11839 3 weeks ago Christie Pascavis CT Stop this toxic madness. We need bees! What we don't need are more pesticides in our world.
11838 3 weeks ago Diane Scheiner Tallahassee, FL Please do not allow Syngenta or any other company (Bayer, Monsanto) to increase its use/sales of neoniconoids which are decimating bee colonies.
11837 3 weeks ago Zak Martin Portland, OR I'm sick of these ignorant, greedy corporations poisoning our planet, our country and our citizens.

This needs to stop. Now.
11836 3 weeks ago Christy Waehner Atlanta, GA
11835 3 weeks ago Landen Gailey NC
11834 3 weeks ago regina messina jupiter, FL
11833 3 weeks ago Anonymous ME
11832 3 weeks ago Cheryl Mills CO
11831 3 weeks ago Sandy Garretson Silver Springs, NV
11830 3 weeks ago Christine Burtch Lantana, FL I went to the flower show at Disney's Epcot Center in the spring. I actively searched for bees the entire time I was there. Among the millions of blooms, I found 3 bees over the course of the enti...
11829 3 weeks ago Jill Woodford Los Altos, CA
11828 3 weeks ago Carol Cornett WA The science shows Neonictinoids harm bees. Please reduce allowable levels or ban these pesticides in the US.
11827 3 weeks ago Rama Ruppenthal CA
11826 3 weeks ago Linda Poore Zionsville, Please do not crumble to industry pressure from Dow, Monsanto, and Syngenta. Please CARE about our environment. I have seen hardly any bees this year around my home and I have flowers so there sho...
11825 3 weeks ago Brian Hamilton Drexel Hill, PA Based upon the many studies and the experience of bee keepers the use of neonics should be banned in the United States.
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