Bees are Still Dying. Urge Congress to Protect Honey Bees

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Honey bee in a hive. Image from library.thinkquest.orgThe Center for Food Safety has joined beekeepers and partners in filing a legal petition that calls on EPA to suspend registration of Bayer’s controversial bee-toxic pesticide, clothianidin. We also delivered over a million signatures from individuals around the world calling on the Agency to take decisive action to protect honey bees from neonicotinoid pesticides before it is too late.

Bees are still sick, and EPA is still stuck. Bees and other pollinators are still dying off at catastrophic rates – commercial beekeepers lost an average of 36% of their hives last year according to U.S.D.A. Honey bees pollinate one in every three bites of our food and. As indicator species, they serve as sentinels whom we ignore at our peril. With the legal petition, we’re redoubling our efforts to protect them.

As the public debate over causes behind Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) – a syndrome in which bees seemingly abandon their hives – carries on in the media, more and more new science has shown that neonicotinoid pesticides are indeed a critical piece of the puzzle. Neonicotinoids like clothianidin are not the sole cause of CCD, but they are making our bees sick, and at least one of them is on the market illegally.

While we may not know the exact cause of CCD, EPA knows enough to act,
and has the authority and responsibility to suspend Bayer’s bee-toxic pesticide, clothianidin – yet for over a year the Agency has failed to do so.

Congress has the authority to exercise oversight over federal agencies like the EPA. We will continue to pressure EPA to take action on clothianidin, and expect our petition to initiate a public comment process, but in the meantime, join our petition urging Congress to step up!

*If the links above don’t work, you can sign the petition at http://bit.ly/HoneyBeePetition

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One thought on “Bees are Still Dying. Urge Congress to Protect Honey Bees

  1. Many BEEKs obtain only one genetic strand of bee in their beekeeping career. They divide their stock until they have masses of bees and a smidgen of genetic diversity. Then they medicate this genome and manage to keep it alive for many years a past its normal lifespan range constantly building their hive numbers on a genome that should have changed years ago. This practice is a bomb that eventually blows at each environmental threshold’s crossing, therefore causing massive losses leaving only survival stock, which happens all the time in history. Diversity is the key! If you do not believe me, then may I suggest getting involved, learning about bees, and keeping a hive for yourself! oldsouthhoney,com

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