“BEES MATTER DOES EPA KNOW?”. Now that matters more than ever.As Leonard Cohen famously sang
, “everybody knows”. Everybody, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), knows that neonicotinoid pesticides harm
EPA KNOWS IT SHOULD BAN BEE KILLING PESTICIDES
But here’s a part of the story you may have missed: Monsanto, Bayer and Syngenta coat their GMO corn seeds with neonics, then charge farmers extra for them—even though studies show
that neonic-coated seeds provide no real benefit to farmers.
Why do farmers pay extra for seeds that have no extra benefit? Because the biotech companies that have a monopoly on GMO seeds offer only neonic-coated seeds.
That’s not good for farmers. Or bees. It’s also not good
for humans, when neonics end up in our water and food.
After Obama’s EPA admitted that neonics kill bees the agency began work on a docket that could be used to restrict the use of neonics.
BEES MATTER DOES EPA KNOW? | NEONICS USE?
But just before passing the baton to Trump, the EPA walked back an earlier proposal
for mandatory rules on how neonics can be used while honeybees are pollinating crops.
Trump’s EPA is doing more of the same, acknowledging scientific evidence that birds can die from eating neonic-treated seeds, while tipping the scales toward supposed benefits to farmers.
A decade into the colony collapse crisis, politicians on both sides know better than to pretend there’s nothing wrong with neonics. But will they do anything about it?
So far, Trump’s EPA has taken every opportunity to side with industry
, including chemical and biotech companies, willfully ignoring the consequences for human health and the environment.
BEES MATTER DOES EPA KNOW?
All the more reason to keep up the pressure. Please let the EPA know, by midnight February 20, that you support a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, by signing this petition
urges you to be part of this petition. Your part of part of the whole and will have an impact on the improvement of our food system. Please consider this choice.
SUMMARY | BEES MATTER DOES EPA KNOW?
On behalf of OrganicHangout we are concerned about the decisions made and not made by those who manage the food process we all rely on.
The choices made by those in charge, which we hope you will get acquainted with, need to be framed around the future not those consumed with the urgency in the present.
Bees are a long term necessity that is also needed today. Hard to believe that we could cut off or even risk loosing a cornerstone of our food system. Bees Matter.
Please choose your food carefully, Organics if possible. Consider managing Organics together with The Clean Fifteen & Dirty Dozen. Finally if you purchase frozen organics your food budget will be lowered helping your afford fresh as well.
Finally, if you have not viewed the video please take a few minutes to learn a bit more about the serious situation that includes us all.
Source: by Alexis Baden-Mayer
Organic Consumers Association
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