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Environmental Not-Protecting-the-Bees Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy

Please reject petitions from Dow and Syngenta to expand and increase the use of sulfoxaflor and thimethoxam.

Dousing alfalfa, our nation’s primary honey crop, in bee-killing insecticides is unconscionable. So is increasing the use of neonics when there is enough evidence to ban them.

If the bees disappear, we'll have to import from Europe the three-quarters of crops that rely on pollination by bees, including almonds and broccoli.

In 2013, the European Union suspended the use of neonicotinoid insecticides. Colony Collapse Disorder is beginning to turn around in the countries that acted first, including Italy, France, Germany and Slovenia.

Here in the U.S., over-winter losses last year were up to 80 percent in some parts of the country There's still time to save U.S. fruit, vegetable and nut production. But not if we delay. And not if we continue to approve, and unleash into the environment, more neonicotinoids.

Every day, new evidence links neonics to bee die-offs. Most recently, a study published in the Bulletin of Insectology undercut chemical industry arguments that neonicotinoid pesticides are not the primary cause of CCD. According to the study, hives exposed to neonics did not recover from over-winter losses, while control hives quickly rebounded. The researchers controlled for diet, parasites and pathogens, eliminating other possible causes of CCD commonly floated by industry. The study adds to the already expansive literature that clearly links neonicotinoid exposure to rapid bee declines worldwide.

Please block the increased use of thiamethoxam and sulfoxaflor and get all neonicotinoids out of U.S. agriculture as soon as possible.

Signed,

Organic Consumers Association

This petition closed 2 months ago

How this will help

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...

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.

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.

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