April 3rd 2012 6:31 pm
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As you know, we get sent petitions all the time and today one came across our email that is so vital to the survival of the human race, really! No bees, no pollinating, no food, no humans. Or at least not healthy ones anyway. Vegetarians would be pooped put of luck if this was to happen. For years millions have been poured into figuring out why our bee populations are declining so much, well, they have at least part of the answer now. They have found certain pesticides are killing our Bees! Yet, EPA has ignored this. (I'm sure there's a logical answer to why. Yeah right! I'm sure money and politics has nothing to do with this at all)
Here is a good chunk of the petition itself copied and pasted (I hope they don't mind. they can write about it better than I can. Consider it a form of flattery)....
In the past several months, three separate studies have added substantial weight to the growing body of evidence showing that widespread use of nicotine-based insecticides called neonicotinoids is linked to Colony Collapse Disorder. One study found that colonies exposed to neonicotinoids produced 85 percent fewer queens, meaning the creation of 85 percent fewer hives. United States Department of Agriculture bee expert Jeffery Pettis rightly calls the findings “alarming.”
Bayer markets its neonicotinoids widely to growers of corn, soy, wheat, cotton, sorghum, peanuts, and other crops. Research by the Pesticide Action Network of North America showed that a minimum of 142 million acres were planted in neonic-treated seeds in the year 2010. 142 million acres is equivalent to the size of California and Oregon combined! And that number is likely to be even higher this year. On top of that, neonics are widely used in home garden and landscaping products.
EPA registration of Bayer's neonicotinoids was primarily based on a study funded by the Bayer Corporation itself, and that study has been discredited by the EPA's own scientists.
The EPA must act now to ban the sale of Bayer's neoniconitoid products. When the bees suffer, we all suffer. We must do everything possible to protect this essential pollinator. Our bees, and the plants that depend on them, can't wait.
Another write up about the petition...One-third of the U.S. food supply relies on honey bees. Without bees to pollinate crops, many essential (and favorite) foods are at risk, including apples, squash, tomatoes, strawberries, almonds, and even chocolate.
Several countries, including Germany and France, have already banned clothianidin. And after the bans, bee populations began to rise again.
But in the U.S., clothianidin is used on millions of acres of crops and American beekeepers report losses of up to 90% of their bees. Many worry that their hives won't survive another season. Sign Susan's petition urging the EPA to save the bees and immediately end
It's me again. The petition is to be giving to the Head of EPA to request the stop of said pesticides from being used. Thus maybe saving our Honey bees from extinction.
They are less than 7000 signatures from hitting their mark..please help us.
Go to Change.org press on the animal button and on the front page you will see EPA save our bees! Click on that and your there.
PS- there is also some other good petitions that need signing on that page...hint hint.MOL.
Thanks again to listening to petition girl!
Thanks for letting us know - Mom went and signed it! Luv, Tink
Does she have a fishie too?
Snow! NO she DOESN'T!! Quit hijacking diaries with dumb questions! Just quit signing on! That's why I'M the SPOKESCAT!
Wow - that stuff sounds really bad!
Thats awful. We love bees and try never to hurt them. Mum tried to open the windows or trap them in a glass to put them outside.
We would love to sign the petition but it's a bit difficult from across the pond.
I love bees, I sure hopes they don't all disappear. What would I chase while mommy freaks out going "NO RIVER DON'T EAT THAT IT WILL HURT YOU!!!"
We signed the petition! xoxo Kaci
Thanks everybody! This is so important.
Alfie, that's okay. Maybe, there will be a petition for over there soon. If France and Germany are trying to save their bees then maybe the English does too.
Mom's not a big fan of bee's but we sent her over to sign the petition. Bee's are an important part of life, we can't let their population suffer...
Hey Blade. Thank You. Oh and it's so nice to see you.
Hey Zoe! Its good to see you too :) Hows it going over there? Have we missed anything lately?
Dere r several petitionz to sign out dere to halpz get rid o' da pesticides use to save our Bee'z~! We love our bee'z too, Zoe~! We know'z how important dey R~! Mom already signed a few~! Good cause 'n good kitty~! Thank U fur ur concerns 'n we love U bunches~!