The EPA's consultation closes on the-- make our voices heard now and tell the EPA to finally ban these bee-killing neonics. Submit a comment and we will hand deliver it straight to the EPA's door.
It's always better to personalize your response, but here are some points you might want to make:
- Call on the EPA to review the full body of scientific evidence, which demonstrates that these neonics harm to pollinators and the environment.
- Urge the agency to immediately take these pesticides off the market due to the clear harm they pose.
- Point out that for the case of clothianidin and thiamethoxam, the EPA looked at an unreliable over-wintering field study conducted by Bayer and Syngenta — the pesticide manufacturers — in its review. The agency even stated that the study is inadequate, but based its review of the pesticides on it anyway.
- Address the fact that EPA’s own analysis released in October 2014 found neonicotinoid seed treatments offer little to no economic benefit to U.S. soybean production. Yet, despite evidence showing these seed coatings offer little benefit to farmers, neonics are significantly contributing to soil and water contamination.
- Point to the fact that a landmark study by the journal Science found clear evidence that bees who fed on plants treated with these pesticides suffered terrible losses.