Protect bees from the pesticide Clothianidin

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Campaign: Assuring the Safety of Chemicals

There is evidence that use of Clothianidin is a major factor in Colony Collapse Disorder. Take this opportunity to ban the pesticide and save our bees.

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    piercelhoover

    All evidence shows that the Agency's own scientists know this to be a problem, but politics and pressure from lobbyists and industry have apparently hindered decisive action. Let's hope the well-intentioned individuals within the bureaucracy are not over-ruled by avaricious or short-sighted policy makers.

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    Christy Hemenway

    Yes in fact the EPA does know that this is a problem. Clothianidin, and Imidacloprid as well.

    So the debate becomes how do "people" work to create a world where this stuff is not desired - is in fact, abhorred. Because then it really wouldn't matter what the EPA said, and we could create our own "standard," if you will - and not find ourselves relying on organizations with bastardized ethics.

    What say we just "walk around 'em!" ? They can catch up later.

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    Community Member ( Idea Submitter )

    Christy: Do you have an effective "path" in mind for the people to stop supporting use of those pesticides? I suppose we both already purchase organic honey and locally grown food. That's not enough. I believe there is a role for regulation and banning these pesticides would be appropriate and more effective than trying to persuade hard pressed consumers to buy more expensive products when the benefits are indirect. Help bees to help agriculture to help food producers to finally help consumers-- that path is too convoluted to be persuasive in this age of 30 second attention spans. My dad quit buying DDT after he read Silent Spring, but his neighbors were nonplussed. It took government action to remove that poison from garden store shelves.

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    Community Member ( Idea Submitter )

    The EPA should act now to immediately suspend registration of neonicotinoids

    United States bee populations are in a nationwide free fall, putting our food supply in jeopardy. Not only have we seen 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 threaten the survival of the fruits and vegetables grown on our soil.

    In the past several months, four separate studies have added substantial weight to the growing body of evidence showing that widespread use of neonicotinoids -- like imidacloprid and clothianidin -- 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."

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