Update on May 02, 2013
We Came, We Swarmed . . . Will We Conquer?
in black and yellow and armed with 130,000 petition signatures, a swarm
of activists buzzed
the Washington D.C. headquarters of the EPA on Earth Day to demand a ban
on Bayer, Dow and Syngenta's bee-killing neonicotinoid insecticides.
pesticides are blamed for Colony Collapse Disorder, which has already
destroyed alarming numbers of honeybee colonies. Bees are exposed to
these deadly insecticides primarily through Monsanto's genetically
engineered seeds which are coated in pesticides that end up in the crops' nectar and pollen. In countries where
neonicotinoids have been banned, bee populations are beginning to
Europe has come to its senses on the matter of protecting honeybees. This week, the
European Commission decided to ban neonicotinoid pesticides known to destroy honeybee populations. The
decision was backed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
here at home, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is
weighing approval of a new pesticide, sulfoxaflor, brought to us by Dow
Chemical Co. This despite the EPA's own admission that sulfoxaflor,
referred to by some as a "next-generation neonicotinoid," is "very highly toxic" (http://www.beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/?p=9531) to honeybees.
If the EPA approves sulfoxaflor, beekeepers say (http://washingtonexaminer.com/first-bees-now-birds-seen-dying-from-epa-approved-pesticides/article/2526045) commercial beekeeping will be extinct by 2018.
Did the EPA hear us? Will the EPA protect
honeybees and our food supply? Or protect the chemical companies? Time will tell. Thanks to everyone who swarmed!
TAKE ACTION: Don't Let the EPA Approve a New Bee-Killing Insecticide (http://www.organicconsumers.org/ocaactions.cfm?actionnum=10659)