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Bees are dying! Ban the pesticide clothianidin
« on: April 05, 2012, 12:10:15 AM »
You can sign the petition to ban the pesticide clothianidin. Click on this linkm
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http://www.change.org/petitions/epa-save-our-bees-and-the-food-we-eat-ban-bayer-s-chemicals-now?utm_campaign=aZQlDgyMtF&utm_medium=email&utm_source=action_alert



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Created By  Susan Mariner
Virginia Beach, VA

EPA: Ban the pesticide that's threatening American bees with extinction
 
Sign Susan's Petition

Barbara Lou -
Here's the buzz: American honey bees are disappearing at an alarming rate and the government knows why.
Scientists say a pesticide called clothianidin, made by chemical giant Bayer, is strongly linked to the rapid decline in bee populations. When exposed to the chemical, bees get lost: they are literally unable to find their way home back to the hive and drop dead from exhaustion.
Susan Mariner uses her backyard garden to grow extra fruits and veggies for her family and teach her children where their food comes from -- and in the past few years, she's seen the decline in bees firsthand.
When Susan heard about the recent studies linking this specific chemical to the widespread death of the bees who pollinate our food, she started a petition on Change.org to get the chemical banned. Click here to sign Susan’s petition asking the Environmental Protection Agency to ban these bee-killing pesticides ASAP.
One-third of the U.S. food supply relies on honey bees. Without bees to pollinate crops, many essential (and favorite) foods are at risk, including apples, squash, tomatoes, strawberries, almonds, and even chocolate.
Several countries, including Germany and France, have already banned clothianidin. And after the bans, bee populations began to rise again.
But in the U.S., clothianidin is used on millions of acres of crops and American beekeepers report losses of up to 90% of their bees. Many worry that their hives won't survive another season. Sign Susan's petition urging the EPA to save the bees and immediately end the harmful pesticide's use.
Thanks for being a change-maker,
- Corinne and the Change.org team
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Re: Bees are dying ban pesticide clothianidin
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2012, 12:13:04 AM »
http://www.change.org/petitions/epa-save-our-bees-and-the-food-we-eat-ban-bayer-s-chemicals-now?utm_campaign=aZQlDgyMtF&utm_medium=email&utm_source=action_alert

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Re: Bees are dying ban pesticide clothianidin
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2012, 12:24:09 AM »
http://www.change.org/petitions/epa-save-our-bees-and-the-food-we-eat-ban-bayer-s-chemicals-now?utm_campaign=aZQlDgyMtF&utm_medium=email&utm_source=action_alert

EPA: Save Our Bees and the Food We Eat! Ban Bayer's Chemicals Now!
Why This Is Important
 
United States bee populations are in a nationwide free fall -- and this could spell the end of fruits and vegetables grown on our soil.
 
Not only has the US experienced widespread honeybee deaths and disappearances, called "Colony Collapse Disorder" (CCD), we have also seen a dramatic decrease in the wild bee population. Massive and continuing declines in the bee population means our food supply and our economy is in jeopardy.
 
As a third generation back yard gardener who is passing the gift of growing food on to my own children, I have witnessed the decline in wild bees first hand. In order to draw more bees to our garden, my children and I have surrounded our vegetable beds with wildflowers, and we never use chemicals in our garden or lawn. My family and I are doing everything we can to help our local bees survive, but the Bayer Corporation is working against us, and the EPA has yet to stop them.
 
In the past several months, three separate studies have added substantial weight to the growing body of evidence showing that widespread use of nicotine-based insecticides called neonicotinoids is linked to Colony Collapse Disorder. One study found that colonies exposed to neonicotinoids produced 85 percent fewer queens, meaning the creation of 85 percent fewer hives. United States Department of Agriculture bee expert Jeffery Pettis rightly calls the findings “alarming.”
 
Bayer markets its neonicotinoids widely to growers of corn, soy, wheat, cotton, sorghum, peanuts, and other crops. Research by the Pesticide Action Network of North America showed that a minimum of 142 million acres were planted in neonic-treated seeds in the year 2010. 142 million acres is equivalent to the size of California and Oregon combined! And that number is likely to be even higher this year. On top of that, neonics are widely used in home garden and landscaping products.
 
EPA registration of Bayer's neonicotinoids was primarily based on a study funded by the Bayer Corporation itself, and that study has been discredited by the EPA's own scientists.
 
The EPA must act now to ban the sale of Bayer's neoniconitoid products. When the bees suffer, we all suffer.  We must do everything possible to protect this essential pollinator. Our bees, and the plants that depend on them, can't wait.
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Petition to ban pesticide clothianidin is here:
 

http://www.change.org/petitions/epa-save-our-bees-and-the-food-we-eat-ban-bayer-s-chemicals-now?utm_campaign=aZQlDgyMtF&utm_medium=email&utm_source=action_alert

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http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-agriculture/bee-deaths-linked-seed-insecticide-exposure.html

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Re: Bees are dying ban pesticide clothianidin
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2012, 05:34:11 AM »
Excellent info Barb..Thanks!  My signature added this morning.

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Re: Bees are dying ban pesticide clothianidin
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2012, 06:02:17 AM »
Excellent info Barb..Thanks!  My signature added this morning.
That's awesome!  :)

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Re: Bees are dying ban pesticide clothianidin
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2012, 07:57:28 AM »
I signed the petition too.  I depend on bees for my gardens.  We all do.

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Re: Bees are dying ban pesticide clothianidin
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2012, 10:13:47 AM »
I signed the petition too.  I depend on bees for my gardens.  We all do.
Thank You! In the last place I lived we let a big area of the yard grow wild it was a sanctuary ....

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Re: Bees are dying ban pesticide clothianidin
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2012, 09:13:01 PM »
Update: Please help circulate this petition. The link is below.
- Yowbarb
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Signatures:  136,148 out of 150,000

EPA: Save Our Bees and the Food We Eat! Ban Bayer's Chemicals Now!

http://www.change.org/petitions/epa-save-our-bees-and-the-food-we-eat-ban-bayer-s-chemicals-now?utm_campaign=aZQlDgyMtF&utm_medium=email&utm_source=action_alert

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Re: Bees are dying ban pesticide clothianidin
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2013, 05:11:47 AM »
"What's killing the honeybees?" (found on the Weather Channel site)


LOGAN, Utah – A Utah man is trying to use his recognition as this year's national beekeeper of the year to focus attention on a major threat to the industry: colony collapse disorder.

Darren Cox of Cache County, who has 5,000 hives in Utah, California and Wyoming, received the award from the American Honey Producers Association earlier this year.
 
“This winter (we experienced) the largest die-off of bees ever in the history of the United States.”
 Darren Cox, beekeeper
 
He said he is seeking solutions to stop colony collapse disorder, in which honey bees suddenly disappear or die. The disorder wipes out thousands of colonies each year and threatens the pollination of fruits, nuts and vegetables that people depend on to survive.

The disorder is spreading nationwide, he said, and the die-off was 70 percent at his hives this past winter.

"This winter (we experienced) the largest die-off of bees ever in the history of the United States," the fourth-generation beekeeper told The Herald Journal of Logan. "We've had historic die-offs in the past, but we've never had a stress factor like this."

Since it was recognized in 2006, colony collapse disorder has destroyed colonies at a rate of about 30 percent a year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Before that, losses were about 15 percent a year from pests and diseases. No one has determined its cause, but most researchers point to a combination of factors, including pesticide contamination, poor nutrition and bee diseases.

(MORE: Meet Nature's Most Vicious Predators)

To help prevent bee deaths, Cox urges farmers to spray crops with pesticides at night instead of daytime when bees are more active. There are other things beekeepers can do to mitigate the problem, he added.

"The first thing they can do is provide a habitat, make sure (there are) plenty of healthy, pollinator-friendly plants," Cox said. "Then they can make sure to use the best management practices possible, and make sure mites are kept in threshold limits."\

LOGAN, Utah – A Utah man is trying to use his recognition as this year's national beekeeper of the year to focus attention on a major threat to the industry: colony collapse disorder.

Darren Cox of Cache County, who has 5,000 hives in Utah, California and Wyoming, received the award from the American Honey Producers Association earlier this year.
 
“This winter (we experienced) the largest die-off of bees ever in the history of the United States.”
 Darren Cox, beekeeper
 
He said he is seeking solutions to stop colony collapse disorder, in which honey bees suddenly disappear or die. The disorder wipes out thousands of colonies each year and threatens the pollination of fruits, nuts and vegetables that people depend on to survive.

The disorder is spreading nationwide, he said, and the die-off was 70 percent at his hives this past winter.

"This winter (we experienced) the largest die-off of bees ever in the history of the United States," the fourth-generation beekeeper told The Herald Journal of Logan. "We've had historic die-offs in the past, but we've never had a stress factor like this."

Since it was recognized in 2006, colony collapse disorder has destroyed colonies at a rate of about 30 percent a year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Before that, losses were about 15 percent a year from pests and diseases. No one has determined its cause, but most researchers point to a combination of factors, including pesticide contamination, poor nutrition and bee diseases.

(MORE: Meet Nature's Most Vicious Predators)

To help prevent bee deaths, Cox urges farmers to spray crops with pesticides at night instead of daytime when bees are more active. There are other things beekeepers can do to mitigate the problem, he added.

"The first thing they can do is provide a habitat, make sure (there are) plenty of healthy, pollinator-friendly plants," Cox said. "Then they can make sure to use the best management practices possible, and make sure mites are kept in threshold limits."
http://www.weather.com/news/science/nature/honey-bee-colony-collapse-20130408

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Bees are dying! Ban the pesticide clothianidin
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2013, 02:10:28 AM »
http://washingtonexaminer.com/endangered-epa-finally-comes-to-defense-of-honey-bees/article/2534480

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Endangered: EPA finally comes to defense of honey bees

By PAUL BEDARD | AUGUST 20, 2013 AT 9:30 AM

Under pressure from Congress and the honey industry, the EPA is ordering an immediate reduction in the use of widely used pesticides, an admission that bug killers approved by the agency are partly responsible for the disappearance of honey bees.

The Environmental Protection Agency is changing the labeling on pesticides to reduce their use in fields when bees are present, the first significant concession provided to the honey industry which has reported bee kills of over 50 percent among some commercial beekeepers.

"Multiple factors play a role in bee colony declines, including pesticides. The Environmental Protection Agency is taking action to protect bees from pesticide exposure and these label changes will further our efforts," said Jim Jones, assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
[ Continues ] http://washingtonexaminer.com/endangered-epa-finally-comes-to-defense-of-honey-bees/article/2534480

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Re: Bees are dying! Ban the pesticide clothianidin
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2017, 07:15:31 PM »
Petition Closed. Almost 10,000 more signatures were required in the alotted time.
Not sure if any subsequent petitions like this. to protect bees ever did get completed...

 

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