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)
11814 6 hours ago Cindi McMurray Wichita, KS Please so the RIGHT THING, and stop these companies from killing off our bees! We'll look back years from now and say why was there even any question about this!
11813 12 hours ago Sebastien Bigorre MA
11812 23 hours ago John Serra Cheshire, CT
11811 1 day ago Sally Larson MN
11810 1 day ago Debbie Simpkins Tabernacle, NJ PLEASE do your job and stop these killers now!
11809 1 day ago Ellen Sandbeck Duluth, MN Bees are beneficial creatures whose action ensures that plants can produce fruits and seeds. Agrochemical CEOs, on the other hand are beneficial only to themselves and their companies' shareholders-...
11808 1 day ago Justin Pretorius Cape Town, ot Stop Syngenta!
11807 2 days ago tom wilson brisbane, ot Follow the lead of the EU, or is this another act of madness by a dying empire?
11806 2 days ago Elfrieda Tullar Melbourne, FL I just read about this and thought we had until October 6 to let you know our thoughts about the request by Sygenta to increase the use of thiamethoxam. Have these companies gone mad ? We have alr...
11805 3 days ago Anonymous Manassas, VA We are beekeepers and have seen the demise of the bees firsthand. Protect the environment from pesticides that are only a temporary convenience until the health and environmental damage is done!
11804 3 days ago india mackenzie
11803 3 days ago Sandra Loomis Talkeetna, AK Do NOT allow increae in levels of "Neonics" - Decrease allowable levels immediately!!
11802 3 days ago Tracy St.Croix ON PLEASE BAN PESTICIDES AND GMOs!
11801 3 days ago Stan Goff MI
11800 3 days ago Jack Morthole Divernon, IL
11799 3 days ago Christopher Burley Daly City, CA Please, the move from seed based inoculation to foliar spray is not in the right direction. We need to be creating more opportunity for organic and sustainable methods of pest management.
11798 3 days ago Tamara Bergman CA
11796 3 days ago Anonymous PA This is criminal.
11795 4 days ago Anonymous Baltimore, MD
11794 4 days ago M Regelson Richmond, VA Already our existence is threatened by the bee die-offs. Remember what happened with DDT.
11793 4 days ago Anonymous Lake City, FL Stop the madness NOW!
11792 4 days ago Anonymous OK Bees die we die !!
11791 4 days ago Anonymous MN No bees=no humans. Enough said. Of 100 crop species that provide 90% of the global food supply, 71 are bee-pollinated.
11790 4 days ago Catherine Doss Indianapolis, IN We are loosing Enough Bees now! No more pesticides!
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