We delivered your demands to ban bee-killing neonics straight to the EPA’s doors.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asked for public input on four of the most widely used neonics in the world, and our partners at Friends of the Earth, Center for Biological Diversity, Environment America, and Earthjustice delivered 164,000 comments from bee lovers like you.
This was a historic opportunity to show the EPA that we’re paying attention about the massive die-off of our pollinators. We had to show that we won’t let corporations like Bayer put profit before our ecosystem, our bees, and our food supply. That message came through loud and clear, thanks to members like you.
The EPA first allowed neonic clothianidin on the market in 2003 under “conditional registration” — which means the agency green-lit this pesticide without knowing all the facts about its potential harms.
Now the data is in — and it’s undisputable: imidacloprid, clothianidin, thiamethoxam and dinotefuran harm and kill bees. And due, in part, to the use of these neonics, 2008 to 2013 saw a massive 23 percent decline in bee populations. Anyone who values our food supply more than corporate profit had no choice but to take action. Unfortunately, countless Americans still don’t know the full scope of the problem.That’s why we need your help in spreading the word.
We have already taken huge steps toward saving the bees in the US. In May, Walmart and True Value Hardware announced that they are prepared to stop selling bee-killing neonics. And earlier this summer, we delivered over 110,000 SumOfUs member signatures at Kroger’s annual shareholder meeting, asking it to join Walmart and Home Depot and stop selling neonics too.
Thanks for all that you do,
Angus, Reem, and the team at SumOfUs
Ag groups rallying around Clovis, Politico, July 24, 2017