Urge the EPA to Save Bees
Native pollinators like bees play an essential role in maintaining a healthy environment. They are also an indispensable part of our agricultural system. Many foods that we eat depend on crops pollinated by honeybees, and 90% of all flowering plants require pollinators to reproduce. But in recent years, bees and other pollinators have been disappearing at alarming rates, causing widespread concern that these important species could be wiped out altogether.
A widely used class of insecticides, neonicotinoids, affects pollinators like honeybees. Since neonicotinoids first became widely used in the mid-2000s, roughly one-quarter of America’s honeybee hives have collapsed in recent winters. Although there are multiple causes for the collapse, we must take action to ensure that insecticides are fully vetted to ensure that they are safe for bees and other pollinators before they are allowed for use on farms or orchards.
Urge the EPA to refuse to approve any insecticides unless scientists confirm they do not endanger bees and other pollinators.