Seventy percent of food crops in the United States rely on bee pollinators. So why is Congress allowing pesticides to decimate our bee populations at a loss rate of 30 percent a year?
Colony collapse disorder--the widespread loss of bee colonies--threatens not just our honey and our flowers, but pretty much all the plant food you and you family need to survive. In Oregon, 50,000 bees were killed when somebody sprayed the linden trees near a Target with a neonicotinoid pesticide. Clearly, casual use of this dangerous pesticide is irresponsible and should be outlawed.
The Save America's Pollinators Act of 2013, introduced by Representatives John Conyers and Earl Blumenauer, calls for discontinuing the use of neonicotinoids until (and only if) they can be proven safe for pollinators. Tell the House you fully support HR 2692!
We the undersigned wish to show our support for H.R. 2692, the Save America's Pollinator's Act of 2013.
Clearly, America's bees are in trouble. Colonies are collapsing and bees are going extinct at the rate of 30 percent a year. In China, farmers are already obliged to pollinate their crops by hand! Please don't let that happen here. We need our bees, and the best thing you can do to ensure their safety is to pass this bill and outlaw neonicotinoid pesticides until they can be redesigned not to pose a threat to bees. Our entire agricultural industry hangs in the balance.
We like bees, and we like to eat. Please sign this bill into law!