Our nation’s number one food security guard, the honeybee, is dying by the thousands. In recent years, nearly one third of commercial bee colonies in the U.S. have been dying over the winter. And in Oregon last summer roughly 50,000 bumblebees dropped dead after being exposed to a pesticide sprayed on trees for purely aesthetic purposes. The situation is so bad that people have started to dub it the "Bee-pocalypse"
One third of the food produced in North America, including nearly 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables like apples, oranges, peppers, onions, and avocados, rely on honeybees for pollination -- we can’t afford to lose them. President Obama is taking action by directing more resources and research toward this crisis. But we need Congress can do something about it -- pass a bill (H.R. 2692) to protect our honeybees by temporarily banning certain pesticides. But they will only do it if we speak out now.
Use the form below to call on your representative to save our honeybees!
Protect our nation's food security: Support H.R. 2692
I am writing to urge you to support H.R. 2692, a critical bill to protect our food security by saving our honeybees from extinction. Our nation's number one food security guards, honeybees, are dying off by the thousands. These little guys may sound easy to dismiss, but honeybees are directly responsible for pollinating more than one third of the United States' entire food supply. Nearly 100 varieties of fruits depend on them for pollination, including produce like almonds, cranberries, avocados, and apples. They also help to generate more than $15 billion in agricultural production in the U.S each year!
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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