If you've been paying attention to the news lately, you have probably heard or seen the mounting evidence that directly links the decline of the honey bee population to the use of neonicotinoid insecticides on crops. The use of these chemicals must be stopped! People must realize that honey bees do far more for our world than just provide us with honey to eat. Much of our food supply, entire industries, a huge chunk of our economy can all be directly or indirectly to what the bees do. As people that know about honey bees, it is our duty to educate and inform.
A petition has been started that will be submitted to Lisa P Jackson, the director of the Environmental Protection Agency and to Barack Obama, President of the United States. It's true that petitions to demand the banning of these substances have been started before and have quickly stalled. There needs to be a single, driven, focused effort. Let this petition be the one that goes all the way!
If you are a beekeeper, share this with everyone you know. If you care about bees or the environment, share this with everyone you know. If you enjoy eating apples, onions, okra, strawberries, watermelon, lemons, limes, cherries, cauliflower, etc, share this with everyone you know. If you just like looking at pretty flowers, share this with everyone you know. Spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, other websites and blogs, make fliers...whatever you can think of!
It may be a challenge, and you may think that we may not be heard. Heck, I have as little faith in government as most seem to nowadays. But, I can absolutely promise you that we will not be heard if we don't do something. Sign this petition. Let's get one less honey bee killer out the United States.
Here is the direct link to the petition: https://www.change.org/petitions/environmental-protection-agency-ban-the-use-of-neonicotinoids-to-prevent-further-honey-bee-decline