OK, in the past week, I received two different petitions to my email, and I'd very much like to share them here. (I got the OK from Jeroen, thanks!)
First, an effort to pull neonicotinoid pesticides from the shelves of Home Depot and Lowe's hardware stores.*** From Sum Of Us ***
Scientists studying the massive global bee die-off have unearthed a slew of evidence on the devastation across the food chain caused by the most widely-used pesticide on Earth, neonicotinoids. Once they enter the water supply, neonicotinoids wipe out dragonflies, snails and other waterborne life. The few hardy species that survive are left so toxic that they're killing birds -- and Lowe's and Home Depot are putting this toxic product right in our back yards.
The European Food Safety Authority just imposed a two-year ban on neonicotinoids. It's a bold step taken to avert a new Silent Spring. With up to a third of all honeybees vanishing each winter, beekeepers are saying that we are "on the brink" of not being able to pollinate all our crops.
Lowe's and Home Depot still stock their shelves with neonicotinoid pesticides, spreading the ecosystem-destroying toxin to homes and gardens across the United States. As consumers, we need to demand that these retailers pull the devastating pesticides from the shelves.
Please join me in telling Home Depot and Lowe’s to stop stocking neonicotinoids. http://action.sumofus.org/a/home-depot- ... s/?sub=taf
And second, an effort to ban the neonicotinoids...***From CREDO***Honey bees are dying at an alarming rate, and this winter marked the worst
losses by far. U.S. beekeepers reported that as many as 50% of their bees
disappeared or died.
Last week, the European Union took a major step to protect our bee
placing a two-year ban on the neonicotinoid class of pesticides - but the
U.S. is still finding excuses for inaction.
With the health of our bee populations and the estimated $15 billion in
agricultural benefits it provides - on the line, it's time for the EPA to
stop ignoring the science, and follow the EU's lead. Sign this petition
urging the EPA to take action now:http://act.credoaction.com/sign/eu_ban? ... 76690.1SZK
Please take a moment to read the petitions at each site, and please please consider signing both of them. Honey bees are so vital (Vai-tal.?. LOL) to life on this Earth. Wild bees as well as kept bees are necessary for so many plants, so many food crops. (Plus, they make honey... how cool is that.?.) And if we loose the bees, that would be, quite frankly, devastating to almost all life on Earth.
There are other pesticides. There are natural solutions. There are birds and beneficial bugs that can keep the pests under control. There is no need to poison our plants with neonicotinoids that end up killing bees, dragonflies and a variety of aquatic life, and killing other creatures further up the chain.