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house Bill H.R. 5015

Banning Insecticides That Harm Bees and Other Pollinators

Argument in favor

Suspending the use of these insecticides until the EPA can determine if they are killing bees is a wise move that could save a vital asset to our environment, and the country’s agriculture industry.

Jason's Opinion
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03/24/2018
We need those bees to pollenate other plants.
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Mackenzie's Opinion
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03/24/2018
Even if this is a small step to saving a species that is responsible for pollination all over the world and for the majority of the foods we eat, it’s necessary. Saving the bees is extremely important and without them we’d be in trouble.
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Patrick's Opinion
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03/24/2018
Clearly not all legislation is good, and no one wants farmers to suffer or change methods and lose crops, but the bottom line is that companies make millions off of producing chemicals and make farmers rely on them, and with a business model where the bottom line is economics and selling as much product as possible for maximum profit, your health, our food, bees and pollinators are defenseless against massive corporations without politicians helping regulate industry. Whether you agree or not, we need something to make this a healthier planet and stop caring so much about companies and their profits. Corporations are the enemy here, not politicians or a bill idea to help solve the problem. Europe is a good model for this topic.
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Bees are dying everywhere, not just in places where insecticides are used. Finding out the cause of the bee deaths makes sense, but hurting the agriculture industry in the process is foolish.

Jennifer 's Opinion
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03/24/2018
I guess I’ll listen to the guy who runs the largest beekeeper operation in the state of Washington. Tom Hiatt says this bill is an overreaching piece of legislation that could cause more harm than good. Politicians have to learn that sometimes small changes can have a big impact. A lesson, after seeing what’s in the Omnibus bill, is obvious they ALL are incapable of grasping. Please stop; your large sweeping pieces of legislation are killing us, figuratively speaking!
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William's Opinion
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03/24/2018
Honeybees are a non-native species to North America. We don’t need them as pollinators. Plants were pollinating long before we got here with European honeybees. Yes go read, history. That aside, we need to balance the good these pesticides do versus the harm to honeybees. I believe the bee keeper from Washington.
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JTJ's Opinion
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03/24/2018
I don’t trust the epa to study anything. The department needs to be abolished.
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    We need those bees to pollenate other plants.
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    I guess I’ll listen to the guy who runs the largest beekeeper operation in the state of Washington. Tom Hiatt says this bill is an overreaching piece of legislation that could cause more harm than good. Politicians have to learn that sometimes small changes can have a big impact. A lesson, after seeing what’s in the Omnibus bill, is obvious they ALL are incapable of grasping. Please stop; your large sweeping pieces of legislation are killing us, figuratively speaking!
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    Even if this is a small step to saving a species that is responsible for pollination all over the world and for the majority of the foods we eat, it’s necessary. Saving the bees is extremely important and without them we’d be in trouble.
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    Clearly not all legislation is good, and no one wants farmers to suffer or change methods and lose crops, but the bottom line is that companies make millions off of producing chemicals and make farmers rely on them, and with a business model where the bottom line is economics and selling as much product as possible for maximum profit, your health, our food, bees and pollinators are defenseless against massive corporations without politicians helping regulate industry. Whether you agree or not, we need something to make this a healthier planet and stop caring so much about companies and their profits. Corporations are the enemy here, not politicians or a bill idea to help solve the problem. Europe is a good model for this topic.
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    Why Debate this at all? Probably because Corrupted Conservatives are in the Pocket of Big Industry so they Make Believe the issue is Fake News...Wake up Folks!!!
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    Save our bees. Save the planet.
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    All pesticides should be checked for the individual chemical content and its effects on all humans as well as the insects needed to help sustain food and life giving and sustaining sources
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    Protect our bees.
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    I’m in support of HR 5015 (Saving America's Pollinators Act of 2018.) Which would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend the registration — i.e. halt the sale and distribution — of plant, tree, and soil insecticides that bees are attracted to. It would also bar the use of these products until the EPA has determined that they will not cause unreasonable harm to "pollinators." Pollinators in this case are defined as native bees 🐝,honeybees 🐝, birds🐧, bats🦇, and other species of beneficial insects. Suspending the use of these insecticides until the EPA can determine if they are killing bees and other Pollinators is a wise move that could save a vital asset to our environment, and the country’s agriculture industry. 3*24*18.
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    Honeybees are a non-native species to North America. We don’t need them as pollinators. Plants were pollinating long before we got here with European honeybees. Yes go read, history. That aside, we need to balance the good these pesticides do versus the harm to honeybees. I believe the bee keeper from Washington.
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    Without bees, we’re screwed, so best to be overly cautious about these pesticides and the effect they’ll have on bees.
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    This is particularly crucial since the head of the EPA is one of Trump's Fox in the Henhouse picks who seems determined to get rid of Scientists and scientific research and pack the ranks with industry flacks.
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    Once the bees are gone, we are not far behind.
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    Not only do these insecticides kill pollinators, but they are also washed by rain into our ground water, which is then pumped up from the ground for our drinking water. These chemicals have been proven to cause diseases in humans. The chemicals are also washed into streams and kill fish. They eventually make their way to the ocean and cause more damage there.
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    YES!!! If you won’t do this for the environment and health then at least do this for the farmers. All their benefits from the inheritance tax revoking will be for naught if their farm becomes unproductive
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    Yes please. Our food crops are more important than Monsanto profits
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    Pollination is necessary to maintaining our food supply.
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    More research on insecticides definitely needs to be done before we can allow more bees to come into contact with them. Bees are vital to our agriculture and the their losses are going to make food production more difficult and expensive.
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    I don’t trust the epa to study anything. The department needs to be abolished.
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    The evidentiary case linking specific pesticides to bee deaths is very weak. And if some pesticides get banned, in many cases farmers will have no better option than to go back to older pesticides with harsher toxicity profiles (and better evidence there of).
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