Posted by: cindydyer | December 4, 2013

Bringing attention to the severity of pollinator declines

Screen shot 2013-12-04 at 10.54.29 AMRe-posted from Center for Food Safety

Illustration © Aaron Birk

Today, Center for Food Safety—along with Ceres Trust, Beyond Pesticides, Pesticide Action Network North America, and countless other organizations—released ads in newspapers across the U.S. to bring attention to the severity of pollinator declines due to the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, and to press the U.S. to act now. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has so far refused to act on these bee-toxic pesticides, and plans to keep reviewing them for five more years, but our pollinators can’t possibly wait that long.

Thankfully, there is a bill in the U.S. House right now that would be a major step forward in protecting pollinators, and it needs your support!

The Saving America’s Pollinators Act (H.R. 2692), calls for the suspension of several neonics until a full review of scientific evidence indicates they are safe and a field study demonstrates no harmful impacts to pollinators.

Neonics are the most widely used insecticides in the world, and exposure to neonics has become a key culprit in bee population losses. Commercial beekeepers in the U.S. have been reporting annual colony losses of 40-100%.  In June, 50,000 bumblebees were killed in a parking lot in Oregon by these very chemicals. We need to take swift action to protect our critical pollinators. The Saving America’s Pollinators Act seeks to do precisely that.

Center for Food Safety will be on the Hill all week talking to your members of Congress and pushing them for real action to protect bees.

Join us in telling your Representative to support the Save America’s Pollinators Act and protect our bees!


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