martes, 17 de enero de 2012

Bee Lovely and Help Save the Bees

Bee Lovely and Help Save the Bees

Target: EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson
Sponsored by: NYR Organic

Over seventy percent of the global food crops are pollinated by bees. 

Last year, the United States lost a full third of its total honeybee colonies for the fifth year in a row. This means that since 2006, the American bee population has plummeted from 4.5 million honey- producing hives to a scant 860,000. Worse, that number is still dropping. 

Rampant pesticide use is a major cause of bee deaths. 

In 2011, the EPA found that the use of neonicotinoid pesticides is both widespread and catastrophic

Neonicotinoids are on average 7,000 times more toxic than DDT, which was banned in 1972. 

DDT was banned because it contributed to the near extinction of birds, including the bald eagle and the peregrine falcon, and is particularly toxic to fish and insect life. 

Despite this, the EPA has not halted the manufacture or use of neonicotinoids, choosing instead to put the products "under review" for the next five years. 

Conservation biologists report that when the bees begin to die off, their surrounding environments are sure to follow. This downward spiral of toxicity cannot continue. Tell the Environmental Protection Agency to halt the production of deadly neonicotinoids now.

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