April 12, 2012
Please take action to suspend approval of a pesticide linked to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) among bees.
CCD is a syndrome declared in 2006, where bees suddenly began dying at catastrophic rates. Government data shows beekeepers lost an average of 36 percent of their hives last year alone.
Saving bees is critical to the human food supply: 40 percent of the foods we eat depend on pollinators — mostly honeybees.
Several new studies suggest neonicotinoid pesticides, such as clothianidin, may be the major or even the precipitating cause — with mites and other problems the final blow.
The Center for Food Safety, several other organizations, and beekeepers have filed a legal petition asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend registration of clothianidin. They also delivered a petition signed by more than a million people calling on EPA to protect honey bees from neonicotinoid pesticides.
EPA has failed to act so far. Congress has the power to exercise oversight over EPA, so a petition to Congress may be the most efficient way to get EPA to suspend clothianidin.
Sign the petition to Congress »
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