Will It Take an Act of Congress?
On February 7, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered yet another pesticide known to be toxic to honeybees—over the objections of citizens and environmentalists, and despite research suggesting it was a bad idea.
Will it take an Act of Congress to protect the pollinators that are critical to our food supply? Fortunately, the Saving America’s Pollinators Act (H.R. 2692) has been introduced. Unfortunately, it’s still languishing in committee, where it was sent in August 2013.
The latest bee-killing pesticide to be registered by the EPA is cyantraniliprole, used on a variety of foods including leafy vegetables, milk, almonds, berries and onions.
It’s clear that the EPA, which last year approved the pesticide sulfoxaflor, another known killer of bees, is more intent on protecting Dupont, Syngenta and other pesticide-makers than it is on protecting your environment.
Oregon and California have introduced state bills to restrict the use of bee-killing pesticides. But we need Congress to step up and support a national plan to protect the bees.
Tell Your Representative: Please Support the Saving America’s Pollinators Act (H.R. 2692)