Our community has come together behind Jonathan Lundgren, a former USDA scientist who published damning research linking neonic pesticides to mass bee die-offs. The US Department of Agriculture tried to bury his work -- and even suspended him when he refused.
In less than a week we're taking our message right to USDA headquarters to make sure it stops censoring bee-saving science -- and we want to take the strongest message possible.
Will you join us and tell the USDA to stop suppressing research that could help save the bees?
Jonathan Lundgren, an award-winning scientist, published ground-breaking research linking neonicotinoids to massive bee and butterfly die-offs. After he was fired, he filed a whistleblower complaint calling his suspension a retaliation against research that would infuriate the agrochemical industry.
The USDA is supposed to protect our food supply from profit-hungry corporations like Syngenta and Bayer -- but instead it's suppressing crucial research that agrochemical mega-corporations don't want us to read.
Unfortunately, Jonathan's story isn't unique. We're seeing a pattern of harassment, intimidation and punishment within the USDA for research that has "inconvenient implications." This is terrible for science, and even worse for the one-third of our food supply that relies on pollinators put at risk by toxic chemicals.
Right now, Jonathan and others like him need as many of us as possible to stand with them.
We're joining with groups like Friends of the Earth to call for change at the top of the USDA. That includes the resignation of the person ultimately responsible for creating a climate of suppression of science and censorship, Dr. Catherine Woteki, USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education, & Economics.
Next week, every name on our petition will be hand delivered to the USDA headquarters in Washington, DC. Together we can make sure the USDA stops censoring bee-saving science just because it might hurt the bottom line of some of the richest companies in the world.
Join us as we stand with Jonathan against scientific censorship. The birds and the bees are depending on it.
Is the USDA Silencing Scientists? The Atlantic, Nov 3, 2015
Suspended USDA researcher alleges agency tried to block his research into harmful effects of pesticides on bees, butterflies, The Washington Post, Oct 28, 2015