[nafex] Help save the Bees

Jim Fruth jimfruth at charter.net
Wed Sep 24 20:57:39 EDT 2014

Sierra Club

From: Molly Brooksbank, SierraRise 
Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 11:00 AM
To: jimfruth at charter.net 
Subject: Bees

                  This could be the biggest threat to bees yet.

                  Big Ag wants to increase using the poison killing our bees by up to 4,000%!

                  If we submit 50,000 comments before the October 6 deadline, we'll be too loud to ignore -- help save the bees today!

            Dear James,

            And we thought the bee problem couldn't get any worse.

            Over 100,000 SierraRise supporters like you have taken action to stop “neonics,” the deadly insecticide responsible for killing our bees and putting our food supply at risk. [1] But now the EPA is actually considering a request to increase how much of this bee-killing toxin we let into our environment!

            A massive Big Ag company has asked the EPA to let it spray more neonics than ever before on alfalfa, barley, corn, and wheat -- up to 400 times more! -- no matter how many already-imperiled bees it kills. [2] This could cripple our food supply.

            The EPA is taking public comments on this issue until October 6, and is required to consider them all. If 50,000 SierraRise supporters speak out now, it will go a long way towards countering Big Ag's deep pockets!

            Help save the bees by submitting your official comment today: Tell the EPA our food supply matters more than Big Ag's profits! Neonic use must be banned, not increased!

            The company behind this horrible request is Syngenta, a Swiss biotech corporation that brought in $14.6 billion in 2013 alone. [3] This is not a company we should trust to put our bees and food supply first: It spends millions on lobbying to get its way, and a lawsuit filed earlier this month accuses it of ripping off American farmers. [4,5] Perhaps most damning of all, it was called out last winter for smearing a research scientist who discovered problems with its products. [6,7]

            We can't let Syngenta win -- already every year, we lose 30% of our honey bees. [8] This is a big deal because bees help produce every third bite of food we take. Yet just this past winter alone, states like Michigan and Indiana lost more than 60% of their bee populations. It's time the EPA stops the use of neonics altogether -- letting Big Ag double down is the wrong way to go.

            Will you raise your voice for the bees, James? When we stand together, our voices are too loud to ignore -- take 30 seconds to contact the EPA now! 

            In it together,

            Molly Brooksbank

            P.S. Five signatures are even more powerful than one -- after you take action, be sure to forward this alert to your friends, family, and colleagues!




            1. Leahy, Stephen (2014 June 24). "How 'the New DDT' Wreaks Havoc on the Bottom of the Food Chain." Motherboard.

            2. Stecker, Tiffany (2014 September 5). "Syngenta asks EPA to raise tolerance level for 'bee-killing' chemical." Greenwire.

            3. Syngenta staff (accessed 2014 September 15). "Annual Report 2013." Syngenta.

            4. OpenSecrets staff (accessed 2014 September 15). "Syngenta AG." OpenSecrets.org.

            5. Bunge, Jacob (2014 September 12). "Cargill Sues Syngenta Over Sale of GMO Seeds Unapproved in China." The Wall Street Journal.

            6. Aviv, Rachel (2014 February 10). "A Valuable Reputation." The New Yorker.

            7. Democracy Now staff (2014 February 21). "Silencing the Scientist: Tyrone Hayes on Being Targeted by Herbicide Firm Syngenta." Democracy Now.

            8. vanEngelsdorp, Dennis et al (2014 May 6). "Preliminary Results: Honey Bee Colony Losses in the United States, 2013-2014." Bee Informed.

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