About the Petition
Honeybees and other pollinators are suffering serious declines. Thankfully, a bill in Congress aims to protect them from the use of harmful pesticides. The Saving America's Pollinators Act (HR. 1284) is calling for the suspension of neonicotinoids, a class of systemic pesticides that are killing bees, until a full review of scientific evidence indicates they are safe and a field study demonstrates they have no damaging sub-lethal effects on pollinators.
The United States is lagging behind many other countries when it comes to the protection of pollinators. On Dec. 2, 2013, the European Union officially began its two-year moratorium on three of the worst neonicotinoid pesticides (“neonics” for short) to protect bees and other pollinators. Even though the E.U. has taken the much needed step of curbing the use of neonics, U.S. regulatory agencies have yet to step up to the plate and take the actions needed to protect pollinators.
Scientists have indicated that neonics are a key contributing factor to dramatic bee die-offs and poor pollinator health. Neonics are now the most widely used insecticides in the world, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency won't even consider taking action until after its review is complete in 2018. Meanwhile bees continue dying off in mass numbers, with beekeepers reporting losses of between 40 percent and 70 percent last year.
We need to take swift action by suspending the use of these chemicals across the U.S. until proved safe for our critical pollinators. The Saving America's Pollinators Act will do just that—it’ll give our bees the fighting chance they need. Tell your representative to support the Saving America's Pollinators Act and protect our bees!