Permanently Ban Pesticide that Prevents Bees from Laying Eggs

Target: Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission

Goal: Permanently extend a ban on pesticides that have been shown to harm wild bee populations.

Studies have known for years that there is a disturbing correlation between the rising use of pesticides and the decline of bee populations worldwide. In most cases, the specific ways in which those pesticides harm bees has remained unknown—until now. British scientists have discovered that a popular class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids cause wild bumblebee queens to produce fewer eggs. With fewer eggs laid, new colonies are less likely to form, which could ultimately threaten these wild bees with extinction.

Previous studies have shown that neonicotinoids damage bees’ nervous systems and cause them to have shorter lifespans, which prompted the European Union to place a temporary ban on their use in member nations in 2013. However, these latest studies show how dire exposure to these pesticides may be for wild bee populations. A permanent ban is needed to ensure these key pollinators can survive in the future.

Bees are necessary to sustain biodiversity and human populations worldwide. At least 30 percent of all domesticated crops and 90 percent of wild plants could be at stake if bees are allowed to vanish. Sign below to demand that these bee-killing pesticides remain banned indefinitely.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Juncker,

I am writing to request that your commission extend the current temporary ban on all neonicotinoid-type pesticides in light of recent evidence showing that bumblebees are less likely to lay eggs after exposure to these toxic chemicals. While many people are aware of the crucial role honeybees play in pollinating both wild plants and domesticated crops, wild bees play a significant yet often overlooked part in promoting biodiversity.

Should European Union member nations be allowed to use these pesticides once more, it is likely that the slowly recovering wild bee populations will collapse again. Without these bees, the world faces a bleak future, with mass extinctions and widespread food insecurity likely. We urge you to send a message to the rest of the world and permanently ban these harmful pesticides.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Lance Cheung, U.S. Department of Agriculture

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4 Comments

  1. Wakey, wakey! No bees, no food!

  2. Rachael Markson says:

    Humans are doing a fantastic job at destroying this world. Great job morons!

  3. Every creature deserves respect and compassion regardless of intelligence or size.

  4. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗️😠

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