Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tell EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to save bees by imposing a moratorium on bee-killing neonic pesticides.

 What's scarier than ghosts, witches, zombies, and vampires? A world without bees.

America's bees are dying at alarming rates, struggling to survive a deluge of toxic pesticides known as "neonics". Yet the EPA continues to allow neonic products to enter the market, without considering the impact they have on endangered bees, butterflies, birds, and other wildlife.

So earlier this month, NRDC sued the EPA.

But as they fight in court, we must also mobilize a massive public outcry to show EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt that we're watching what he does next — and demand that he crack down on these dangerous chemicals.

Tell EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to save bees by imposing a moratorium on bee-killing neonic pesticides.

An astonishing 33 percent of honeybee colonies collapsed between April 2016 and March 2017, in large part due to the skyrocketing use of neonics.

Why is that scary? We depend on bees to pollinate many of our leading crops — from apples and blueberries to watermelon and zucchini. In fact, one in every three bites of food we take depends on bees.

What's worse, President Trump has proposed slashing the EPA's budget by 31 percent, which will make it nearly impossible for the agency to crack down on neonics. And at the same time, agrochemical giants Monsanto and Bayer are pursuing a merger into the world's biggest seller of these bee-killing pesticides.

We must do everything we can to keep the momentum going and stop the alarming decline of bees, before it's too late.

So, please send a message to EPA Administrator Pruitt now, urging him to save bees and our food supply from toxic pesticides.

Despite Trump's and Pruitt's anti-environment assaults, we've made some important progress lately in our fight for bee survival. Under pressure from another NRDC lawsuit, the Trump administration restored endangered species protections to the rusty patched bumble bee. And major retailers like Home Depot and Lowe's have committed to phasing out neonic products and/or neonic-treated plants from their stores.

Now, it's the EPA's turn to take action.

So, while our lawyers pursue their lawsuit to save endangered bees and other pollinators, we must also ratchet up public pressure on the EPA to save all bees.

Please make your voice heard immediately in defense of bees.

- Sylvia Fallon, Wildlife Conservation Project Director, NRDC

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