Dear friends across the U.S.,
Silently, billions of bees are dying off all over the country and our entire food chain is in danger. Bees don’t just make honey, they are a giant, humble workforce, pollinating 90% of the crops we grow.
Multiple scientific studies blame one group of toxic pesticides for their rapid demise, and bee populations have soared in the four European countries that have banned the deadly products. But powerful chemical companies are lobbying the Environment Protection Agency hard to keep selling this poison. Itâ€™s up to us to defend the bees and our food supply by calling for a US ban now.
We have no time to lose — a recent study shows 96% of our four main bee species have been wiped out. Letâ€™s build a buzz across the nation calling on the EPA to outlaw these killer chemicals and save our bees and our food. Sign the emergency petition now and send it on to everyone and weâ€™ll deliver it to the top decision makers:
Bees are vital to life on earth — every year pollinating plants and crops with an estimated $40bn value, over one third of the food supply in many countries. Without immediate action to save bees we could end up with no fruit, no vegetables, no nuts, no oils and no cotton.
Recent years have seen a steep and disturbing global decline in bee populations and scientists have been scrambling for answers. Some studies claim the decline may be due to a combination of factors including disease, habitat loss and toxic chemicals. But new leading independent research has produced strong evidence blaming neonicotinoid pesticides. France, Italy, Slovenia and even Germany, where the main manufacturer Bayer is based, have banned one of these bee killers. But, Bayer continues to export its poison across the world, and the US is one of its biggest markets.
This lethal issue is now coming to a boil as major new studies have confirmed the shocking scale of this problem. It is urgent that we get the government to act, but it wonâ€™t be easy. A leaked document shows that the EPA already knew about the pesticideâ€™s dangers, and ignored them. The document says Bayerâ€™s “highly toxic” product is a “major risk concern to non target insects [honey bees]”.
We need to make our voices heard to counter Bayerâ€™s very strong influence on US policy makers and scientists — they fund the studies and sit on policy bodies. The real experts — the beekeepers and farmers — want these deadly pesticides prohibited until and unless we have solid, independent studies that show they are safe. Let’s support them now. Sign the petition below, then forward this email:
We can no longer leave our delicate food chain in the hands of research run by the chemical companies and the regulators that are in their pockets. Banning this pesticide will move us closer to a world safe for ourselves and the other species we care about and depend on.
Alex, Alice, Iain, David and all at Avaaz