Chemical giants Dow and Syngenta want to expand the use of sulfoxaflor and thiamethoxam —two pesticides that are known to be highly toxic to bees.
Bee populations have plunged in recent years. Dangerous new neonicotinoid pesticides like sulfoxaflor and thiamethoxam are largely to blame.
Instead of doing the right thing and restricting the use of these pesticides, EPA is poised to rubberstamp industry requests to make them even more pervasive without fully evaluating the harm they will do to bees.
Tell the EPA to stand up to Dow and Syngenta by saying NO to expanding the use of neonicotinoids.
Dear Administrator McCarthy,
I urge you to reject Dow and Syngenta's recent applications to expand the use of two pesticides, sulfoxaflor and thiamethoxam, which could have deadly consequences for bees. Honeybee and native bee populations are already in decline nationwide, and neonicotinoid pesticides like these two are playing a major role in that fall-off. Expanding the use of these two chemicals will exacerbate this already dire crisis.
Your agency has acknowledged that these pesticides are "highly toxic" to bees. Yet the agency has also admitted that it has not done a thorough evaluation of the potential impacts of these two chemicals on bees. You should not authorize their increased use without this critical information.
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We rely on bees to pollinate millions of acres of crops and support natural ecosystems. We cannot allow our food supply to be jeopardized simply because of your agency's failure to properly assess the risks of this reckless proposal before moving forward. Please stand up to Dow and Syngenta by rejecting their applications and direct your agency to complete a thorough evaluation of the true impacts of these chemicals on bees. Thank you.
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