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.

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Number Date Name Location Comments (optional)
11730 17 hours ago Anonymous Chicago, IL
11729 18 hours ago Joanne Takusagawa Lynnwood, WA
11728 1 day ago Amanda Markovich NY
11727 3 days ago Anonymous Rockville, MD
11726 3 days ago tagi qolouvaki HI
11725 5 days ago Anonymous littleton, CO
11724 5 days ago Carrie Scott Enterprise, ON That what they want is to kill all the Bees then they will come up with something that will make us solely dependent on then, its not right that so few have so much to say over the worlds food. They...
11723 6 days ago Dan Sabatinelli mendon, Massachusetts
11722 1 week ago James Lionikis Lincoln Park, IL
11721 1 week ago Lindsay Beck Auburn, WA We all have a dependance on bees to thrive. Please, quite destroying the bees, you are endangering mankind.
11720 1 week ago Judith Haglund Sarasota, FL Even you will be sorry when the pollinators die and there's no more honey and there's loss of our food.
11719 1 week ago Simon Faulkner Largo, FL
11718 1 week ago Hilda Strain AZ
11717 1 week ago Anonymous Walnut Creek, CA
11716 1 week ago Erik Bardwell Holland, OH
11715 2 weeks ago Kara Graul Houston, TX
11714 2 weeks ago Nasreen Ali Jacksonville, FL
11713 2 weeks ago Janet Nesselbush Sacramento, CA
11712 3 weeks ago Rebecca Vinsonhaler Madison, WI
11711 3 weeks ago Anonymous Robbinsdale, MN
11710 3 weeks ago Rochelle Robertson Marina Del Rey, CA
11709 3 weeks ago John Flores Newfane, VT You have no respect for Nature!
11708 3 weeks ago Pamela Haun Cooper City, FL Save our bees
11707 3 weeks ago Mariella Watson Norwalk, CT Without bee we will have NO food
11706 3 weeks ago justin cartier NH
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