Over seventy percent of the global food crops are pollinated by bees.
Last year, the United States lost a full third of its total honeybee colonies for the fifth year in a row.
This means that since 2006, the American bee population has plummeted from 4.5 million honey- producing hives to a scant 860,000. Worse, that number is still dropping.
Rampant pesticide use is a major cause of bee deaths.
In 2011, the EPA found that the use of neonicotinoid pesticides is both widespread and catastrophic.
Neonicotinoids are on average 7,000 times more toxic than DDT, which was banned in 1972.
DDT was banned because it contributed to the near extinction of birds, including the bald eagle and the peregrine falcon, and is particularly toxic to fish and insect life.
Despite this, the EPA has not halted the manufacture or use of neonicotinoids, choosing instead to
put the products "under review" for the next five years.
Conservation biologists report that when the bees begin to die off, their surrounding environments
are sure to follow. This downward spiral of toxicity cannot continue. Tell the Environmental Protection Agency to halt the production of deadly neonicotinoids now.
Dear Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson,
I am writing to express my concern with the detrimental effect of neonicotinoid pesticides on United States bee populations. In the last five years, the bee population in the United States has plunged from an estimated 4.5 million colonies to 860,000. That number is expected to drop by thirty percent each year for the foreseeable future.
Bees are an integral part of the United States' ecology and economy. Without their pollination, a full third of American food crops would be unsustainable. Moreover, conservation biologists report that when bees die, so do their surrounding environments.
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The Environmental Protection Agency's refusal to stop production on the neonicotinoid pesticides largely responsible for this mass bee death is both irresponsible and disturbing. The EPA has acknowledged the pesticides' toxicity and refused to take further action. I urge you to ban the production and use of neonicotinoid pesticides before the United States bee population vanishes for good.
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