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NRDC calls on EPA to join the EU ban on bee harming pesticides

Sylvia Fallon

Posted December 2, 2013 in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Today in an ad running in the New York Times and six other major news outlets, NRDC is joining with a coalition of partners to call on the EPA to impose a moratorium on harmful pesticides that are contributing to the severe decline of bees in our country.  This week the European Union is adopting such a ban, based on the overwhelming evidence that several neonicitinoid pesticides are either directly or indirectly harming bees.  The EPA has said that it will review these pesticides as part of its regular review process – a process that will take up to 5 years or more – but we know that these pesticides are affecting bees now.

The EU ban follows our Thanksgiving weekend. We should have been giving thanks to bees for the bounty on our tables--a third of our food supply depends on bees.   It’s time for the US to realize that the bees can’t wait, and if we want to keep being thankful for our food, neither can we.

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Linda JohnsonDec 7 2013 02:35 PM

Save the Bees

Joey LynnDec 7 2013 02:44 PM

Bees can't wait, if they die, YOU die.

Cathryn WoodlandDec 7 2013 02:51 PM

We cannot survive this planet if we continue these assaults on our ecosystem. Anyone educated in the sciences, especially Environmental Sciences KNOWS this. So, EPA officials, WHAT are you waiting on???
Corporate profit will die as well if our ecosystem dies!!

Green 400 MagazineDec 7 2013 02:52 PM

Please let us know of anything that Green 400 Magazine can do to help you in this very important mission.

Kristin thuDec 7 2013 03:10 PM

do we really need to say anything? This is so important, I am astounded we have to sign petitions to make something happen.
Just goes to show the corporations hold a tight noose around the neck of most politicians. Maybe its time ppl start voting for real people who will put the environment and our food supply FIRST over corporate profits & lobbying.

Nancy BoschDec 7 2013 03:31 PM

It is urgent that bees are saved from poisons and toxins in the environment. Please act now.

Linda CummingsDec 7 2013 03:56 PM

Please do not let bees become instinct. They've taken care of us now we need t o care for them

kay hawksDec 7 2013 04:07 PM

EPA officials,what are you waiting for?

Elisha PageDec 7 2013 04:09 PM

The bees and we need this immediately. This is a life and death situation and must be treated as such.

Suzanne AndersonDec 7 2013 04:12 PM

We must save the Bees.

Erlinda FayetteDec 7 2013 04:38 PM

,I think we the people should do something ,,and we have to talk to the farmers to avoid using to much pesticide and we have to put pressure to Environmental Sciences especially the E.P.A. we can rally we can stand to bring some placard to stand in front of their office,,,just stand there and don't make noise,,lets do it even to the side walk of the highway,,they can see us maybe they will help too..how about on the T.V???

Sharon WallaceDec 7 2013 05:20 PM

If bees are saved it will mean the end of us all, plant and animal alike. Every time that human greed destroys another portion of the natural world, the rest of the world suffers. Will you not listen until the world is too damaged to save?

Doug HullanderDec 7 2013 05:42 PM

Please make unlawful the use of these chemicals, which are proven to be deadly to the bee population.

These insects pollinate two thirds of the foods humans consume.

Without the bees' pollination efforts, we humans will surely starve.

Chemical companies producing these poisonous pesticides are putting profits ahead of public welfare.

Thank you,

Doug Hillander

salvatore j. centoDec 7 2013 05:53 PM

SAVE THE BEE'S & YOU SAVE THE WORLD

Joseph ReyesDec 7 2013 06:15 PM

Save the /bees, save the planet, save ourselves!

Carina BergdahlDec 7 2013 07:27 PM

If the Bees won´t survive humanity is doomed...

MarlaDec 7 2013 07:42 PM

Without bees we cannot survive. We need them - they are part of Nature's great plant of pollination. The toxic chemicals need to stop before we kill them all and kill ourselves in the process. More power to the BEES!

myrna brownDec 7 2013 09:31 PM

If the bees and bats go, we'll be right behind them!

Gale PerezDec 7 2013 11:22 PM

The Bee's need our defense and protection.

Gillian Le TissierDec 8 2013 01:52 AM

Neither all the money in the world nor the latest science will save humanity if we loose the humble bumble bee.

kim maillieDec 8 2013 07:46 AM

please stop being stupid about this, its no secret that we are killing our bees, if we know it why don't you? your supposed to protect us ( a byproduct of protecting the enviroment)

Sunny GardnerDec 8 2013 08:19 AM

These tiny insects have been working hard to gather in their harvest, which incidentally pollinates many species of plants. Their by-products, wax and pollen, are clean, harmless and beneficial. We should imitate them and produce our food without harm. Now, it is not exaggerating to say that their life and ways and wings are bearing the question of survival.

Sue WaiteDec 8 2013 09:19 AM

We can not wait Act NOW to ban pesticides

MarEugenia Pereira QDec 8 2013 09:47 AM

Whithout Bees there is no life anymore !! Let's all cooperate to SAVE THE BEES and all of us!!!Let's Respect Life!!!!!

Rosamaria Dec 8 2013 12:14 PM

Someone at EPA needs to be brave and challenge the decision to wait five years to act. The bees are dying today. Save them now!

Joan LepplaDec 8 2013 12:54 PM

This is a no brainer! The time is now to take approriate action on behalf of nature and for all life. Humans need to realize they are part of nature and intimately tied to all species What befalls one affects all.

Jose CarpizoDec 8 2013 02:02 PM

Fighting for bees is fighting for ourselves

Nadine LabreaDec 8 2013 08:57 PM

This is a must!!!!

Eva HavranováDec 9 2013 03:55 PM

HELP SAVE HONEYBEES!
Honeybees and other pollinators play a critical role in maintaining our food supply. Many fruits and vegetables, including apples, blueberries, strawberries, carrots and broccoli, as well as almonds and coffee, rely on bees. But these hardworking insects have been in decline in recent years, in part because of the widespread use of a new class of toxic pesticides called neonicotinoids. Call on the EPA to protect honeybees by imposing an immediate moratorium on these dangerous pesticides!

Karla ChrisantDec 11 2013 03:59 AM

This week the European Union is adopting such a ban, based on the overwhelming evidence that several neonicitinoid pesticides are either directly or indirectly harming bees. The EPA has said that it will review these pesticides as part of its regular review process – a process that will take up to 5 years or more – but we know that these pesticides are affecting bees now.

The EU ban follows our Thanksgiving weekend. We should have been giving thanks to bees for the bounty on our tables--a third of our food supply depends on bees. It’s time for the US to realize that the bees can’t wait, and if we want to keep being thankful for our food, neither can we.
EPA Act NOW NOT in 5 years! Stop listening to lobbie and special interest group who are motivated by financial gain for big pesticide Manufacturer -- Bayer, Monsanto et-- DO the right and ethical thing! BAN Pestices that several neonicitinoid pesticides that are either directly or indirectly harming bees like other countries have done already NOW..NOT in 5 years..The BEES CANT waith 5 years neither can WE!!.

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