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There is a massive new threat to fragile bee populations, and the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the power to stop it.
Syngenta, the Swiss-based agro-chemical rival to Monsanto, is seeking
government approval to spray its bee-killing pesticide thiamethoxam on
more than 165 million acres of American crop land.^1
If the Scott Pruitt-led EPA under Donald Trumpâ€™s regime approves the
company's application to apply massive amounts of this toxic pesticide on
popular crops like wheat, barley, rice, alfalfa and potato, we could see
even more dramatic and rapid declines of bee colonies. We must urge the
EPA to deny Syngenta's application immediately.
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In recent years, bee populations have plummeted significantly due in large
part to the expanded use of bee-killing pesticides. More than 700 North
American bee species are at risk for extinction, and in 2016-2017 alone,
beekeepers lost 33 percent of their bees, yet the EPA has failed to take
significant steps to limit pesticide use.^2,3 In fact, just before Donald
Trump took office, the EPA publicly acknowledged that neonic pesticides
pose a significant risk to honeybees but backed away from a proposed rule
to limit their use.^4
Incredibly, this proposal by Syngenta to significantly ramp up its use of
this toxic chemical on crop land fell on the very same day the EPA
released a stunning new report detailing the dangers neonicotinoids such
as thiamethoxam pose to animal life, including birds of all sizes.^5 This
most recent EPA study comes on the heels of numerous studies detailing the
risks neonics also pose to invertebrate aquatic life.
As Lori Ann Burd, director of the Center for Biological Diversity's
environmental health program, put it:
"If the EPA grants Syngenta's wish, it will spur catastrophic declines
of aquatic invertebrates and pollinator populations that are already in
Activism to protect bee populations works. Hundreds of thousands of CREDO
members have mobilized in recent years to pressure the EPA to restrict
expansion of Monsanto's bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides. But with
Trump occupying the White House and Pruitt leading the EPA, we need to
double down our efforts to keep these toxic pesticides from dramatically
worsening the bee crisis.
Tell the EPA: No mass spraying of toxic, bee-killing pesticides. Click the
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Thanks for all you do.
Josh Nelson, Deputy Political Director
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Â 1.Â Grace Guarnieri, "[ act.credoaction.com/go/19685
]EPA Might Let Bee-Killing Pesticide Be Sprayed On
165M Acres of Farmland," Newsweek, Dec. 21, 2017.
Â 2.Â Justin Worland, "[ act.credoaction.com/go/19686
]More than 700 North American Bee Species Are
Headed Toward Extinction," TIME, March 2, 2017.
Â 3.Â University of Maryland, "[ act.credoaction.com/go/19687
]American beekeepers lost 33 percent of
bees in 2016-17," May 25, 2017.
Â 4.Â Center for Biological Diversity, "[ act.credoaction.com/go/19688
]Same Day: EPA Acknowledges
Proven Dangers of Bee-killing Pesticides But Refuses to Restrict
Them," Jan. 12, 2017.
Â 5.Â Center for Biological Diversity, "[ act.credoaction.com/go/19689
]EPA Considers Allowing
Bee-Killing Pesticide to Be Sprayed on 165 Million Acres of U.S.
Farmland," Dec. 19. 2017.
Â 6.Â Ibid.