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January 29, 2013 3:32 pm
48 Hours to get European leaders to ban bee killing pesticides

Quietly, globally, billions of bees are dying, threatening our crops and food. But in 48 hours the European Union could move to ban the most poisonous pesticides, and pave the way to a global ban that would save bees from extinction.

Four EU countries have begun banning these poisons, and some bee populations are already recovering. Days ago the official European food safety watchdog stated for the first time that certain pesticides are fatally harming bees.

Now legal experts and European politicians are calling for an immediate ban. But Bayer and other giant pesticide producers are lobbying hard to keep them on the market.

If we build a huge swarm of public outrage now, we can push the European Commission to put our health and our environment before the profit of a few.

We know our voices count! Last year, our 1.2 million strong petition forced US authorities to open a formal consultation on pesticides — now if we reach 2 million, we can persuade the EU to get rid of these crazy poisons and pave the way for a ban worldwide.

If you like Peaches, Apples, Cherries, Melons, Tomatoes and produce in general, please help.  We need to act before it’s too late.

Sign the urgent petition and send this to everyone — Avaaz and leading MEPs will deliver our message ahead of this week’s key meeting in Brussels:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/hours_to_save_the_bees/?bwpEsbb&v=21421

Bees don’t just make honey, they are vital to life on earth, every year pollinating 90% of plants and crops — with an estimated $40bn value and over one-third of the food supply in many countries. Without immediate action to save bees, many of our favourite fruits, vegetables, and nuts could vanish from our shelves.

Recent years have seen a steep and disturbing global decline in bee populations — some bee species are already extinct and some US species are at just 4% of their previous numbers. Scientists have been scrambling for answers and now the European Food Safety Authority is saying that toxic chemicals called neonicotinoid pesticides could be responsible for the bee deaths. France, Italy, Slovenia and even Germany, where the main manufacturer Bayer is based, have banned one of these bee-killing pesticides. But Bayer continues to export its poison across the world.

Now the issue is coming to a boil. EU parliamentarians are stepping up their pressure on the European Commission and key governments to push new legislation to ban the deadly pesticides, and we can offer them the public support they need to counter the powerful pesticide lobby. Sign the urgent petition to Europe’s leaders, then forward this email widely:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/hours_to_save_the_bees/?bwpEsbb&v=21421

SOURCES:

Pesticides pose danger to bees (European Voice)
http://www.europeanvoice.com/article/2013/january/pesticides-pose-danger-to-bees/76158.aspx

Crop pesticides are ‘killing our bees’ - says MEP (Public Service Europe)
http://www.publicserviceeurope.com/article/3007/crop-pesticides-are-killing-our-bees-says-mep#ixzz2JGICse6a 

Death knell for nerve agent pesticides in move to save bees (Independent)
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/death-knell-for-nerve-agent-pesticides-in-move-to-save-bees-8454443.html

Give Bees a Chance! (The Greens European Free Alliance)
http://www.greens-efa.eu/give-bees-a-chance-9012.html

Studies fault Bayer in bee die-off (Christian Science Monitor)
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2012/0406/Studies-fault-Bayer-in-bee-die-off

September 22, 2012 10:42 am

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/32060599723/crucial-deadline-monday-my-fellow-humans">CRUCIAL DEADLINE MONDAY: MY FELLOW HUMANS:

Scientists believe the pesticide clothianidin is at least partially to blame for the alarming rise in bee colony collapse — the sudden bee-die off which has claimed about 30% of the U.S. honey bee population each year since 2006. 

But twice this year, the EPA has refused to step in. If we don’t convince the EPA to reconsider, it is not scheduled to review clothianidin again until 2018. By then it could be too late for the bees, and the one third of our food crops bees play a crucial role in pollinating. 

The EPA is currently accepting public comments on its latest decision not to to declare bee die offs an emergency situation.

Now is a crucial moment to make our voices heard for the Bees. 

Tell the EPA: Stop stalling. Ban the pesticide that’s killing bees: 

http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/epa_bees_stalling/?r_by=47146-2459004-13IOt_x&rc=paste1

I don’t know why I bother…posting links…hardly anybody pays attention.  If I post a stupid political joke or cartoon it might get a few hundred re-blogs or likes,  whereas, a post that really matters, like this one, concerned with “Human Survival” usually gets under a dozen.  I don’t understand why more people don’t CARE.

Anyway, if you DO happen to care about survival of all living beings on our planet, please take into consideration that we rely on Bees to pollinate many of our foods, and we would seriously be fucked if we allow one damn greedy chemical company to obliterate all life on earth for their own profits. 

So, do yourself a favor, it will take less than two minutes to sign this petition…

June 4, 2012 10:15 am
90 Percent of Corn Seeds Are Coated With Bayer's Bee-Decimating Pesticide

via OrganicConsumers.org

"I’m doing something very odd this week: speaking at the annual conference of Croplife America, the main trade group for the US agrichemical industry. Croplife members include Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, and Syngenta, all massive multinational companies I write about regularly and witheringly. I am astonished that Croplife wants to hear what I have to say-what I think of the group’s member companies and their products is a matter of public record-and am curious to hear what they have to say to me.


As I prepared for the conference, a few interesting news items on the industry crossed my desk.

* As I’ve written before, Bayer’s neonicotinoid pesticides, which now coat upwards of 90 percent of US corn seeds and seeds of increasing portions of other major crops like soy, have emerged as a likely trigger for colony collapse disorder. Watch this NBC News report from last week linking bee kills in Minnesota to Bayer’s highly profitable product.

Meanwhile, the Columbus Dispatch reports similar bee die-offs in Ohio farm country, with beekeepers there, too, pointing the finger at Bayer.

* One of my biggest complaints about the agrichemical industry it its market dominance. As I say above, more than 90 percent of corn seeds planted today are treated with Bayer’s pesticide. What if a farmer wants to opt out, to plant seeds free of neonicotinoids? Good luck. According to a Pesticide Action Network press release I received today, farmers in the midwest are complaining that it’s virtually impossible to buy untreated seeds. In other words, farmers there have two choices: either pay up for Bayer’s poison, or exit the corn-growing business.”


»> Read the Full Article 

May 11, 2012 11:02 am
Bee Advocate Leads Grassroots Effort Against Systemic Pesticides

[NOTE* from Leftish: I wish I knew how I could get MORE people to CARE about this VERY SERIOUS ISSUE.  WE ARE LOSING THE BEES!!  What will happen to POOH BEAR if we LOSE all the BEES???]

As a growing body of research points to a link between colony collapse disorder and the class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, a backyard gardener in Virginia has taken to the Internet in a grassroots effort to have Bayer’s neonicotinoid pesticides taken off the market.

Susan Mariner, who grew up working the garden with her father and grandmother, says the value of pollinators was impressed upon her from an early age.

“My grandmother taught me that bees are ‘our partners in the garden,’” she remembers.

Today, Mariner has her own suburban backyard garden, where she and her children grow edible crops, as well as what she calls a “Honey bee haven”: a section planted with colorful wildflowers and other plants that attract native pollinators. In the past several years, she says, her favorite winged visitors have made fewer appearances in the garden.

“I started watching bees as a young child in my father’s and my grandmother’s gardens and apple trees, which were awash in Honey bees when in bloom,” she says. “These days, when my children and I spend all day outside surrounded by thousands of blooms in our garden, we are thrilled to see a single Honey bee visit.”

Mariner says the decrease in pollinators has changed the way she and her neighbors garden. “Because there are so few pollinators, in recent years we have been forced to hand-pollinate many of our plants, something which would have been unthinkable to my grandmother. Many of my gardening neighbors have stopped growing plants that require insect pollination altogether.”

Increasingly, however, researchers are finding that the activities of Mariner’s other neighbors—those who are, in her words, “unwittingly coating their properties in neonicotinoids to achieve a picture-perfect lawn”—may be contributing to a dearth of pollinators.

Mariner used Change.org, a free petition-hosting website that harnesses social media in the name of activism, to launch a petition calling for the Environmental Protection Agency to ban Bayer’s neonicotinoid-based products. With each signature, Change.org sends an email to the person or persons targeted by the petition—in this case, three key EPA administrators. Mariner’s petition garnered a massive response, boasting over 138,000 signatures as of April 26, 2012.

Mariner says she’s thrilled with the reception her petition has received. “I’ve been extremely encouraged to see that once people learn that one-third of our food is pollinated by bees and that bees are in crisis, they are anxious to help and automatically begin spreading the word to others.”

Within days of Mariner’s petition going live, a team from the Harvard School of Public Health reported that they’d gathered still more evidence of an imidacloprid-CCD link. Over 23 weeks beginning in summer 2010, the researchers monitored bees in four different yards in Worcester County, Mass. Each yard had four bee hives treated with varying levels of imidacloprid, as well as one control bee hive. After 12 weeks of dosing, all the bees were alive, but after 23 weeks, 15 of the 16 treated bee hives had died off, with the highest-dose bee hives perishing first. The Harvard study will appear in June’s Bulletin of Insectology.

READ ENTIRE ARTICLE…

May 3, 2012 6:39 pm
SAVE THE BEES PETITION nearing one million signatures

Have you signed it yet?  If not, why not?  IF YOU CARE about POOH BEAR having honey to eat, you need to sign it…If you like produce, you need to sign it…if you care about the delicate balance of the food chain, you need to sign it.  If you love FLOWERS, you need to sign it. COME ON PEOPLE - the future of LIFE ON EARTH is at stake, and only one million out of 7 billion people care?  We can DO BETTER, folks.

May 2, 2012 3:00 pm
THEY'RE STILL SIGNING THE PETITION TO SAVE THE BEES!

YOU can SIGN, too.  Also, you can go to this site, and watch the scrolling signatures go by.  It’s kinda fascinating.  Sadly, there are no signers from the entire Eastern Hemisphere, we need signers from Japan, India, China, Russia, Korea, Hawaii, Africa, The Middle East…if you know anyone in any of those places, please send them this link…there’s gotta be more than a mere one million people on our entire planet who CARE ABOUT LOSING THE BEES!!

One country is FAR surpassing all others in signatures…can you guess which one?  If you sign the petition, and send me a message that you signed it, I’ll tell you which country is leading all the rest in citizens who care about SAVING THE BEES!

April 30, 2012 12:02 pm
BAYER STOCKHOLDERS VOTE TO KILL THE BEES
…but citizens around the WORLD are still signing the PETITION demanding the cessation of production of BEE-KILLING PESTICIDES!
Update: 30 April  2012
It’s outrageous. Despite our massive petition delivery directly into the Bayer meeting, major shareholders voted to keep their bee-killing poisons. Let’s keep up the pressure — sign the petition and send to everyone. When we reach one million signatures the petition will be delivered to the Board of Management and Supervisory Board of Bayer, and our next step is to call for strong government regulation to save the bees.
Posted: 24 April  2012 Quietly, globally, billions of bees are dying, threatening our crops and food. But if Bayer stops selling one group of pesticides, we could save bees from extinction. Four European countries have begun banning these poisons, and some bee populations are already recovering. But Bayer, the largest producer of neonicotinoids, has lobbied hard to keep them on the market. Now, massive global pressure from Avaaz and others has forced them to consider the facts, and in 24 hours, Bayer shareholders will vote on a motion that could stop these toxic chemicals. Let’s all act now and shame the shareholders to stop killing bees. The pressure is working, and this is our best chance to save the bees. Sign the urgent petition and send this to everyone — let’s reach half a million signers and deliver it directly to shareholders tomorrow in Germany!
[Photo by Tara Thralls]

BAYER STOCKHOLDERS VOTE TO KILL THE BEES

…but citizens around the WORLD are still signing the PETITION demanding the cessation of production of BEE-KILLING PESTICIDES!

Update: 30 April  2012

It’s outrageous. Despite our massive petition delivery directly into the Bayer meeting, major shareholders voted to keep their bee-killing poisons. Let’s keep up the pressure — sign the petition and send to everyone. When we reach one million signatures the petition will be delivered to the Board of Management and Supervisory Board of Bayer, and our next step is to call for strong government regulation to save the bees.


Posted: 24 April  2012
Quietly, globally, billions of bees are dying, threatening our crops and food. But if Bayer stops selling one group of pesticides, we could save bees from extinction.

Four European countries have begun banning these poisons, and some bee populations are already recovering. But Bayer, the largest producer of neonicotinoids, has lobbied hard to keep them on the market. Now, massive global pressure from Avaaz and others has forced them to consider the facts, and in 24 hours, Bayer shareholders will vote on a motion that could stop these toxic chemicals. Let’s all act now and shame the shareholders to stop killing bees.

The pressure is working, and this is our best chance to save the bees. Sign the urgent petition and send this to everyone — let’s reach half a million signers and deliver it directly to shareholders tomorrow in Germany!

[Photo by Tara Thralls]

April 29, 2012 1:47 pm
SAVE THE BEES PETITION STILL GOING STRONG!

Even though the Bayer Shareholders Meeting was on Friday, people still CARE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE BEES and people are still signing the petition!

Unfortunately, it is almost exclusively being signed by folks in the Western Hemisphere.

There are no signers from India, China, Russia, Japan, The Middle East, Africa or Hawaii.

PLEASE IF YOU RESIDE IN ONE OF THE COUNTRIES LISTED ABOVE WHICH ARE MOSTLY ALL IN THE EASTERN HEMISPHERE, COULD YOU PLEASE RE-BLOG THIS, SO WE CAN GET ACTIVISTS FROM BOTH HEMISPHERES REGISTERING THEIR CONCERN?

April 28, 2012 3:37 pm
Report: USDA also knew about bee-killing pesticide

(NaturalNews) Neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides that attack insects’ central nervous systems, are increasingly being linked to killing off bees, bats and other pollinators that are essential for growing food. And a two-year-old report just now being released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) adds to the growing body of evidence that these toxic insecticides are a serious threat to not only bees, but also to humans.

It is now widely known that neonicotinoids are a highly-dangerous neurotoxin that absorbs systemically into plants, meaning it makes its way throughout the entire plant, including into the pollen and nectar that bees eat. And these neurotoxins are also a threat to mammals, which includes humans.

Last month, a leaked document revealed that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) knowingly approved, and continued to allow approval for, neonicotinoids, despite the fact that they knew the chemicals killed bees. The agency even knew that Bayer CropScience, the purveyor of most of the neonicotinoids used today, had falsified safety data to get them approved in the first place (http://www.naturalnews.com/030921_EPA_pesticides.html).

And now it has been revealed that USDA scientists also knew about the dangers associated with neonicotinoids. So why did it take two years for the USDA report to see the light of day? Dr. Jeffrey Pettis and researchers from the U.S. government bee laboratory in Maryland, authors of the USDA study, did not provide an answer to this question. They did admit to theU.K. Independent, however, that their study “has been too long in getting out,” and that it would soon be published in a journal.

Pettis and his team found that neonicotinoids were directly responsible for increasing bees’ susceptibility to infectious diseases, even at levels so low that they are practically undetected. This fact alone debunks the myth perpetuated by Bayer and other neonicotinoid producers that the chemicals are safe when used “properly”, because there, in fact, seems to be no proper or safe level.

"This new research from America confirms that at very, very low concentrations, neonicotinoid chemicals can make a honeybee vulnerable to fatal disease," said Matt Shardlow, director of the charity Buglife, to theIndependent. “If these pesticides are causing large numbers of honeybees, bumblebees, solitary bees, hoverflies and moths to get sick and die from diseases they would otherwise have survived, then neonicotinoid chemicals could be the main cause of both colony collapse disorder and the loss of wild pollinator populations.”

"The weight of evidence against neonicotinoids is becoming irresistible — government should act now to ban the risky use of these toxins."

Sources for this story include:

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/exclusive-bees-facing…

Learn more:http://www.naturalnews.com/031091_USDA_pesticide.html#ixzz1tCFw0BTm

1:49 pm
Leaked document: EPA knowingly approved Bee-Killing Pesticide

(NaturalNews) A Colorado beekeeper recently obtained a leaked document revealing that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) knows a popular crop pesticide is killing off honey bees, but has allowed its continued approval anyway. Despite opposition from its own scientists, EPA officials first gave the a-okay to Bayer CropScience’s toxic pesticide clothianidin in 1993 based on the company’s own flawed safety studies. But now it has been revealed that the EPA knew all along about the dangers of clothianidin and decided to just ignore them.

By now, most people know that honeybees are dying off at an incredibly disturbing rate. Colony collapse disorder (CCD), a condition where bees stray from the hive and never find their way back, is nixing millions of nature’s pollinators every year. Previous studies have pinpointed various environmental toxins as the primary culprits, including toxic pesticides like clothianidin (http://www.naturalnews.com/028429_colony_collapse_disorder_chemicals….).

And the leaked document, which was written by the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, explains clearly that “[c]lothianidin’s major risk concern is to nontarget insects (honey bees)” and that “[a]cute toxicity studies to honey bees show that clothianidin is highly toxic on both a contact and an oral basis.” The letter was in response to a request from Bayer to have clothianidin approval expanded for use on cotton and mustard in addition to its other approved uses.

So if clothianidin poses a significant threat against honey bees, and the EPA has known about this all along, why was it ever approved in the first place? And if Bayer’s original safety studies have been shown to be contradictory to actual science, why has the EPA failed to go after Bayer for falsifying safety data? Apparently those who make the final decisions at the EPA have no actual interest in the truth and would rather cater to corporate interests at the expense of public health.

Several European nations have outlawed the use of clothianidin, including Germany, Francy, Italy and Slovenia. U.S. growers of conventional crops, however, continue to use the dangerous chemical thanks to corrupt EPA officials. And when all the honey bees die and there are no pollinators left to grow food, these same EPA officials will be responsible for the mass murder of millions of people.

Sources for this story include:

http://www.fastcompany.com/1708896/wiki-bee-leaks-epa-document-reveal…

Learn more:http://www.naturalnews.com/030921_EPA_pesticides.html#ixzz1tCEZ8Qxy

10:59 am

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/21990041755/i-need-help-anyone-good-at-garage-band-or-imovie">I need help…anyone good at Garage Band or iMovie?

I have an original song, recorded in the early 80s, that is still relevant to our plight in today’s world.   It has a glitch in it, and needs to be fixed.

My ex-husband and I had a brief musical career in the 70s (The Rainbow Band, on Elektra Records) and early 80s, and we self-produced our second album.  The Master AND the Mother were both destroyed in the huge forest fires we had here in 1995 when my ex-husband’s house burned to the ground and he lost all of his belongings.  The only recording of our second album that survived was a funky cassette.

The song I am speaking of “Sold Down the River” was on this cassette.  There is a part of the first chorus where the sound just drops out.  I want to “copy and paste” a few bars of the second chorus into the messed up spot in the first chorus, but I don’t know jack about Garage Band, or iMovie.  I spent hours trying to figure out how to do it last night, because I want to use it as background, in a film I’m producing about the bees, but I had no luck.

I can pay you to fix it for me, or send you some buttons or magnets if you’d prefer…I’ve been told that if someone knows how to do it, it should only take a short time.

I am very committed to SAVING THE BEES!

10:29 am

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/21988049061/about-the-bee-petition-to-bayer-stockholders-to-demand">About the Bee Petition to Bayer Stockholders to demand cessation of production of bee-killing pesticides…can you help?

WE NEED TO SPREAD THE WORD IN THE EASTERN HEMISPHERE!!

So people are STILL signing it…we’re up to almost 830,000 people (about 10,000 people per hour are signing it)!….but ALL the signers are in the Western Hemisphere (Europe, Canada, USA, Central and South America)…nobody in India, China, Russia, Japan, Africa, Hawaii or the Middle East.

If we could just get ONE person in each of those countries and/or areas, we might be able to get it to go viral throughout their area.

My question:  Do you know anyone in any of those countries you could send it to, that might sign and reblog it?

Here’s the link to sign (or just watch the scroll!), if you are so inclined:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/bayer_save_the_bees/?cl=1761954522&v=13897

Please let me know if you can help out in this way.

Thanks!

P.S.  There is NOTHING more important than the SURVIVAL of LIVING BEINGS on EARTH, please do your part.

P.P.S. I know, it’s annoying, all this activism I demand, I will not apologize…we ALL should be activists, if we want to have a healthy world to leave to our ancestors.

April 27, 2012 12:05 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/21923939382/i-sent-this-email-to-every-pundit-i-could-today">I sent this email to every pundit I could today:

Hi Folks ~

I just have to try one more time.

I know you may think that the story of the Catholic Schoolteacher getting fired deserved air time, while the plight of our world’s dying bees did not, but I still have to try to get you to cover this story for the SAKE OF THE BEES, and for the FUTURE of LIFE ON EARTH.

We are all connected. We’ve already lost 1/3 of all the bees on our planet.  ONE THIRD!   If we lose the bees, do you realize how that will screw up the delicate balance of life on our planet?

Luckily, over 700,000 people worldwide disagree with you on the importance of this issue, and, in the last 24 hours have signed the petition to ask Bayer Stockholders to demand that Bayer stop producing neonicotinoids.

Interestingly, almost ALL of the signatures come from the “Western World” - Europe, North America and South America.  I have been watching the scroll for hours (when I signed yesterday, there were about 149,000 signatures), and I have not seen any signers from the Middle East, China, Japan or Russia.  Not one.  I don’t know why.

Anyway, I still think this story WOULD interest your viewers, and apparently people are STILL signing the petition at a tremendous rate.  They reached their first goal of 500,000 during the night, and they are now trying to get to 750,000.  They’ve gone up 5000 in the time it took me to write this email.

You can watch the scroll of signatures here.

Please reconsider airing this story…you are blessed with a “stage”…people watch your broadcasts…people who care about the health of our planet, people who care about the bees.

Surely a petition that is on its way to being signed by close to 750,000 in less than 24 hours deserves a minute of your air time.  No?

I hope so.

Thanks,

Tara

P. S.  Another 3500 people have signed since I last mentioned it, a few sentences above…at least please check it out and watch the scroll here!

April 26, 2012 5:55 pm
Scientists call for GLOBAL BAN on Bee-Killing Pesticides (4/23/12)

[NOTE* from Leftish:  WE’VE LOST 1/3 of the World’s Bees.  Do you like Cantaloupes?  Do you like Tomatoes?  Do you like Stone Fruit?  Do you CARE?  I’m sorry to bother you with this, yet again, but the survival of all living beings on the planet is in jeopardy.  Maybe you didn’t realize that.  Please take a minute out of your busy day to read this, thanks.]

Jonathan Benson
Natural News

Monday, April 23, 2012

With a myriad of concrete evidence now in plain view, there is simply no denying that pesticides are a direct cause of massive bee declines all around the world. And despite continued denial by corporate-whore governments in the U.S., the U.K., and elsewhere that have sided with the chemical manufacturers on the matter, scientists and agricultural experts from all corners of the globe are joining together as one to call for a worldwide ban on neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides that has been definitively linked to causing Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).

Three recent field studies, two of which were published in the journal Science, confirm that even sub-lethal exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides among bees causes them to lose their way when out foraging. Many conventional food crops are pretreated or sprayed with neonicotinoid pesticides, which leads to the contamination of pollen and nectar that bees collect.

“The data, both ours and others, right now merits a global ban,” said Chensheng Li, author of theHarvard Universitystudy that confirmed neonicotinoid pesticides as a primary cause of CCD. “Our study clearly demonstrated that imidacloprid is responsible for causing CCD, and the survival of the control hives that we set up side-by-side to the pesticide-treated hives augments this conclusion.”

Li says removing neonicotinoids from global use for at least five years would leave plenty of time for researchers to study and observe how bee populations respond. If bee populations increase during this time, which is the expected outcome, then it would be abundantly clear that the scientific community is correct in its assessments of the situation.

In the U.K., the widespread negative effects of neonicotinoid use are already being felt, as many crops now have to be hand-pollinated as a result of bee losses. According to data compiled by scientists at Reading University, the population of honey bees kept in managed hives in the U.K. has dropped by half, as have solitary bees. And wild honey bees are virtually extinct, according to the figures.

“Unless we halt the decline in British bees our farmers will have to rely on hand-pollination, sending food prices rocketing,” said Paul de Zylva, nature campaigner atFriends of the Earth(FoE), a group advocating for the removal of neonicotinoids from agricultural use (http://www.foe.co.uk/what_we_do/the_bee_cause_35033.html).

The U.S.-based advocacy group Beyond Pesticides and dozens of commercial beekeepers and honey producers have also filed a legal petition demanding that the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) take action to ban clothianidin, another neonicotinoid linked to killing bees (http://www.beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/?p=6919).

Sources for this article include:

http://www.guardian.co.uk

PLEASE ALSO SIGN THIS PETITION TO BAYER SHAREHOLDERS ASKING THEM TO DEMAND CESSATION OF PRODUCTION OF THIS HARMFUL CHEMICAL.

11:25 am
24 HOURS LEFT TO Sign the Petition to BAYER STOCKHOLDERS to SAVE THE BEES!

I’m begging you…please sign this.  Do you like produce?  Do you like cantaloupes?  Do you want to eat fruit for the rest of your life?

BAYER STOCKHOLDERS will be voting tomorrow whether to discontinue use of the pesticide that is responsible for Bees losing their way, and being unable to get back to their hives.

WE CAN FIX THIS!