Bees are dying at an alarming rate, and a key culprit is a highly toxic class of pesticides. Tell the EPA to take these bee-killing chemicals off the market right away.
TAKE ACTIONDear Jennifer,
Two months ago we mobilized to stop the expanded use of two bee-killing pesticides produced by Dow and Syngenta.
But the threat to bees goes far beyond those two products. Bees are dying at an alarming rate, awash in a veritable deluge of highly toxic pesticides unleashed by Dow, Bayer, Monsanto and Syngenta.
If we don’t act now, it’s only a matter of time before this crisis turns into a full-blown catastrophe. That’s why NRDC has just filed an emergency petition with the Environmental Protection Agency. We must get that agency to stop coddling big chemical companies and to start protecting imperiled bees. But we need your help to ratchet up the public pressure.
Tell EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to take these bee-killing pesticides off the market and impose an immediate moratorium on their use!
Of 100 major crops, more than 70 are pollinated by bees -- along with countless flowers and vegetables in millions of backyard gardens across America.
How can it be that these vital, once-thriving insects are dying in such massive numbers?
One word: agrochemicals.
The agri-tech giants have been pushing a class of deadly pesticides known as neonicotinoids -- or “neonics.” Millions of acres of crops have been doused with these potent chemicals. These pesticides are also sold on store shelves for our lawns, gardens and landscaping.
The EPA concedes that these chemicals are “highly toxic to bees,” yet it’s done virtually nothing to rein in the pesticide-free-for-all. Instead, the agency has said that it wants to wait five years to “review” the impacts of neonics on bee colonies!
I’m sure you agree: We cannot stand by while the EPA drags its feet for another half decade.
Tell EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to come to the aid of bees by imposing an immediate moratorium on the rampant use of neonics.
Tell her to put the future of bees -- and our food supply -- ahead of corporate profits.
Please make your voice heard right away. And thank you for standing alongside NRDC in defense of America’s bees.
Natural Resources Defense Council