Since 2006, up to 40% of the bee colonies in the US have
suffered Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), in which honeybees die, disoriented,
far from their hives. The honeybee pollinates a third of all the food we eat
and contributes an estimated $15 billion in annual agriculture revenue to the
US economy alone. Fresh fruits and vegetables, in particular, would simply not
exist without honeybees.
A European study has definitively linked CCD to
neonicotinoid pesticides. At least 143 million of the 442 million acres—that
is, nearly one-third—of US cropland is planted with crops treated with these
neonicotinoids: 100% of corn and canola, 65% of soybeans, and almost all
cotton, wheat, and smaller acreage crops.
The EPA is now requiring a label on the pesticides to warn
users of the risk to bees, but that’s not enough. A new bill has been
introduced in Congress, HR 2692, known as “The Saving America’s Pollinators Act
of 2013.” It would suspend the use of neonicotinoids until the EPA can prove
that the insecticide “will not cause unreasonable adverse effects on pollinators.”
This proof of safety would need to be in the form of published scientific
research together with a completed field study.
Please ask your representative to vote YES on HR 2692.
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