Save bees from Dow Chemical pesticide, petition


From Earthjustice in the USA:

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TAKE ACTION! Save Bees from a Highly Toxic Pesticide Take Action
Bees pollinating. (Puupulk / Shutterstock)

The Environmental Protection Agency is considering expanding the use of a highly toxic bee-killing pesticide.

Tell the EPA to protect bees and suspend the use of sulfoxaflor now!

Bee populations are plummeting! Yet the Environmental Protection Agency recently sided with Dow AgroSciences to approve a new, highly toxic bee-killing pesticide called sulfoxaflor.

And now the EPA is considering expanding the number of crops this pesticide can be sprayed on to include corn, alfalfa, oats, and several other significant and widely grown crops.

Will you help us fight back?

Tell the EPA to deny Dow AgroScience’s application to expand the registration of the bee-killing pesticide sulfoxaflor now.

Nearly one-third of our crops—including many vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds—depend on bees for pollination. But bees in our country are dying at unprecedented rates, and scientists are pointing to pesticides like sulfoxaflor as a cause.

A world without bees is unimaginable. Earthjustice is doing everything we can to fight back, using the law and the power of the courts. But we need your help to stop this latest proposal.

Help us ensure that sulfoxaflor does not become the final straw for bees.

Take action now to save bees!

Thank you for all that you do,

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Greg Loarie
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  15. Tuesday 15th August 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    by Felicity Collier

    FRIENDS of the Earth called on the government yesterday to support a blanket ban on the use of pesticides that could wipe out bee populations.

    The environmental campaign group was responding to a new warning by scientists that a group of insecticides called neonicotinoids could prevent the formation of new colonies.

    Research by Canada’s University of Guelph, published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, found that queen bumblebees exposed to the chemical lay 26 per cent fewer eggs than other bees.

    According to predictions derived from a mathematical model, use of the chemical thiamethoxam could result in total collapse of populations of bees.

    In 2013, a two-year temporary ban on the use of neonicotinoids on flowering crops was imposed throughout the EU following indications that the chemicals could harm valuable pollinators. The ban remains in place but is under review.

    Campaigners want to see the ban made permanent and extended to all crops. Farmers claim this could lead to crop losses and a return to older, more harmful pesticides.

    Friends of the Earth campaigner Sandra Bell said Environment Secretary Michael Gove “must put his support behind a comprehensive ban on neonicotinoid pesticides across the EU and continue the ban in the UK post-Brexit.”

    Professor Nigel Raine, who led the research, said: “A reduction this big in the ability of queens to start new colonies significantly increases the chances that wild populations could go extinct.”

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-d515-Pesticide-could-wipe-out-bees#.WZKeyVFpwdU

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