I am writing to urge you to co-sponsor H.R. 2692, the Save America's Pollinators Act, which would suspend the use of toxic, bee-killing pesticides until a full review of scientific evidence indicates they are safe and a field study demonstrates they do no harm to bees and other pollinators.
Around the world, bees are dying at alarming rates. In June, 50,000 bumble bees were killed in a Target parking lot after neonic pesticides were sprayed on nearby trees -- the largest bumble bee die-off ever recorded. Then, in July, 37 million honey bees died on a single farm in Ontario. These key pollinators need our help. Without immediate action to save bees, which pollinate two-thirds of our food crops, everything from almonds to strawberries could disappear from supermarket shelves.
In the last decade the phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder has resulted in a sharp decline in honey bee populations around the world. A growing body of scientific evidence points to the widespread and indiscriminate use of a class of neurotoxic pesticides called neonicotinoids as a key factor in this phenomenon.
Neonicotinoids are now the most widely used insecticides in the world and their use has been repeatedly shown to have lethal and sub-lethal effects on bees, other pollinators and beneficial insects. The EU has banned these pesticides but the EPA has delayed action until 2018.
The bees can’t wait, and neither can we.
Congress must take immediate action to protect bees. Please help protect bees and other important pollinators by co-sponsoring H.R. 2692, the Save America's Pollinators Act.