The USDA's honey bee die-off numbers just came out and the news is grim. Beekeepers lost an average of 44 percent of their honey bee colonies last year, and recent research indicates that other pollinator species like native bees are also in steep decline.
The cause is no mystery. Scientists have determined that certain pesticides called neonicotinoids are a leading cause of pollinator decline. So why isn't the Environmental Protection Agency using its authority to halt the widespread use of these toxic chemicals and save our bees? Because it's under massive pressure from pesticide industry, which is doing everything it can to protect its profits.
Powerful international pesticide companies are pouring millions of dollars into campaigns shifting the blame for bee deaths away from pesticides, despite abundant research linking pesticides to bee declines. We know the EPA is getting an earful from these corporations, and that's why we need to make our voices heard too.
The good news is that we're gaining ground. In January the EPA finally admitted that imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid, poses risks to honey bees, and this is just the beginning. The reason the agency has begun to listen to the growing body of independent science confirming the role of pesticides in bee die-offs is because of relentless pressure from activists like you.
Now we need to turn up the heat to make sure the harmful effects from these pesticides are eliminated once and for all. Together with our allies, we are working to bring 2 million signatures to the EPA in the next three weeks. Please take action now and tell the EPA it needs to do its job and protect bees, the planet and all of us from pollinator-killing pesticides.
June 3, 2016 Action Alert ID# 382
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