Target: Secretary of Agriculture Thomas J. Vilsack
Goal: Applaud the U.S. Department of Agriculture for allocating $4 million to improve the health of honeybees in five states
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be giving ranchers and farmers in the Midwest $4 million to work on improving the health of their honeybees, which have been suffering from sudden mass die-outs across the globe. These funds will be used to spread education and incentivize efforts to make life easier for the bees.
Honeybees are a primary pollinator, meaning that they’re responsible for the growth of a huge portion of the food we eat on a regular basis. Without honeybees, simple foods like fruits, vegetables and grains would be much harder to come by.
During the past couple of years, farmers, ranchers and beekeepers have been witnessing what’s referred to as “colony collapse.” This is when an entire colony of bees suddenly dies off, leaving only a few scattered bees alive. Other colonies have simply vanished without a trace. This phenomenon has been linked to widely-used pesticides, which are hurting the bees’ immune systems and messing with their nervous systems.
Without human intervention, the honeybee population could plummet to a fraction of what it should be, which will threaten our very way of life. By signing this petition, you’ll show your support for the efforts by the USDA, which demonstrate that the U.S. government is finally taking this issue seriously.
Dear Secretary Vilsack,
I want to thank you for answering the call of environmentalists and farmers everywhere who are extremely concerned about the health of honeybees. The $4 million you gave to farmers and ranchers to help improve the bee situation will go a long way toward their recovery. It’s good to see that you are aware of how serious the problem is and that you’re willing to take steps toward solving it.
As you likely know, honeybees are responsible for a large portion of the food we eat, and it’s essential that we protect them. Loss of honeybees would cause a huge spike in basic food prices and a devastating increase in world hunger. Everything we can do to prevent such a catastrophe is worth it, and one of the best ways to help is to provide education and incentives to the farmers and ranchers who work with bees.
Thank you for doing your part to help save the honeybees. I hope that you will continue to treat this issue with the seriousness it deserves and keep funding efforts to restore bee populations, especially if that includes banning the pesticides that are killing them.
[Your Name Here]
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