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First Lady Michelle Obama

Thank you for creating habitat on the White House grounds for the pollinators.

As you probably know, pollinators are essential to one out of three bites of food we eat.

You also probably know that honeybees are dying in record numbers, all over the world.

Beekeepers have reported record losses of 50-90 percent of their bees, and many farmers are facing shortages of bees needed to pollinate their crops. Without immediate action, bee-pollinated foods, from apples to strawberries, will start to disappear from grocery stores shelves.

A growing body of science points to the world’s most widely-used class of pesticides called neonicotinoids (also called neonics), as the key precipitator of the die-off of bees, known as Colony Collapse Disorder.

Last year, the European Union placed a two year ban on most neonics. Yet here in the U.S., the EPA is ignoring mounting scientific evidence and has delayed action until 2018.

As our nation’s first lady, and gardener-in-chief, please set an example for the nation by banning bee-killing pesticides from the White House gardens and urging the Administration and Congress to take swift action to protect bees and other pollinators by supporting H.R. 2692, the Saving America’s Pollinators Act.

Our bees and our children thank you!

Signed,

Organic Consumers Association

This petition closed 10 months ago

How this will help

Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama finished planting her sixth-annual White House Kitchen Garden. This year, she did something different. She planted a pollinator garden to attract and...

Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama finished planting her sixth-annual White House Kitchen Garden. This year, she did something different. She planted a pollinator garden to attract and support 70,000 bees already gracing the presidential lawn, as well as monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

It's great that the First Lady is doing her part to create a habitat for bees at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. But what we really need is a ban on the toxic pesticides and herbicides that are responsible for killing off huge populations of honeybees. And Mrs. Obama is in a great position to help us achieve that.

Please ask First Lady Michelle Obama to set an example for the nation by urging the Obama Administration and Congress to support H.R. 2692, the Saving America's Pollinators Act.

Last year, beekeepers reported record-breaking losses of 40-90 percent, with some beekeepers losing 100 percent of their hives. We expect to see similar, if not larger numbers this year.

Bees are vital to our food and farming system, and they provide a critical service to our economy, accounting for $20-$30 billion annually.

But the bees are disappearing.

Mounting scientific evidence points to the world's most popular class of pesticides, neonicotinoids (also called neonics), made by giant chemical companies Bayer and Syngenta, as the key precipitator of the global bee die-off, or Colony Collapse Disorder (CDC).

The European Union has placed a two-year moratorium on neonics. The UK's top retailers have banned them. So has the city of Eugene, Ore.

Yet the EPA is continues to ignore a growing body of science and has delayed action until 2018.

The bees can't wait that long. And neither can we.

Please ask First Lady Michelle Obama to set an example for the nation by urging the Obama Administration and Congress to support H.R. 2692, the Saving America's Pollinators Act.

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