Update #2 ·

4 Million People Urge Obama to Protect Bees

This morning, Center for Food Safety, along with a coalition of
beekeepers, farmers, business leaders, environmental and food safety advocates, rallied in front of the White House and delivered more than 4 million petition signatures calling on the Obama administration to put forth strong protections for bees and other pollinators.

Today’s petition delivery anticipates the Pollinator Health Task Force recommendations, expected later this month. The Task Force, announced by the White House this past June, is charged with improving pollinator health through new agency regulations and partnerships. The assembled groups demanded that the recommendations include decisive action on the rampant use of neonicotinoids, a class of systemic insecticides scientists say are a driving factor in bee declines. 

The rally coincided with both a D.C.-wide metro ad campaign and Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and John Conyers’s (D-MI) reintroduction of the Saving America’s Pollinators Act, which seeks to suspend the use of four of the most toxic neonicotinoids until the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducts a full review of their safety.

Federal agencies have hinted at continued efforts to promote more of the same -- voluntary best management practices for pesticides, insignificant pesticide label changes, and limited state pollinator plans. With your help, we made it clear that voluntary, unenforceable proposals from the task force are unacceptable. Without strong, meaningful protections, the Task Force may actually do more harm than good – that’s why 4 million of us spoke out for real protections for pollinators.

Thank you for speaking out for the bees!  

Read our press release and see pictures here!

The 4 million signatures were collected by Avaaz, Beyond Pesticides, the Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Food Safety, CREDO, Earthjustice, Environment America, Food and Water Watch, Food Democracy Now!, Friends of the Earth U.S., Green America, MoveOn, Organic Consumers Association, Pesticide Action Network, Save Our Environment, TakePart, and Toxic Free North Carolina.

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