Stand up for bees in the White House garden and beyond!

April 16, 2014

Editor’s Note: The article below was taken entirely from an e-mail from Tiffany Finck-Haynes, a CREDO activist in Washington, D.C. Tiffany started a petition on CREDO Mobilize, where activists can launch their own campaigns for progressive change. Will you help Tiffany urge First Lady Michelle Obama to ban bee-killing pesticides from the White House gardens by signing her petition and sharing it with your friends and family?

Ask Michelle Obama to ban bee-killing pesticides in the White House gardens.

As our nation’s first lady, and gardener-in-chief, please set an example for the nation by banning bee-killing pesticides from the White House gardens and urging the EPA and Congress to take swift action to protect bees and other pollinators.

Why is this important?

Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama finished planting her sixth-annual White House Kitchen Garden, but this year, she’s doing something different. She planted a pollinator garden to support 70,000 bees already gracing the presidential lawn as well as monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

Like many backyard gardeners, the first lady is doing her part to create habitat for bees, which are essential to one out of three bites of food we eat, and which are dying off globally in record numbers.

Because of the global bee crisis, and because we believe that Mrs. Obama understands the importance of pesticide-free organic gardening and the importance of healthy bees for the health of our food supply, the health of our families and the health of our planet, we’re asking her to join us in standing up for bees.

The situation is dire: Last year, beekeepers reported record-breaking losses of 40-90 percent, with some beekeepers losing 100 percent of their hives. We expect to see similar, if not larger, numbers this year. Bees are vital to our food and farming system, and they provide a critical service to our economy, accounting for $20-$30 billion annually.

The European Union placed a two-year moratorium on neonics, the U.K.’s top retailers have stopped selling them, and the city of Eugene banned them, but the EPA continues to ignore a growing body of science and has delayed action until 2018.

But the bees are telling us we can’t wait that long.

Please ask Michelle to set an example for the nation by banning bee-killing pesticides from the White House gardens and urging the EPA and Congress to take swift action to protect bees and other pollinators.

Sign the petition at:

From the April 16-22, 2014, issue

One Comment

  1. John Browne

    April 24, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Hi, Tiffany… I’m not signing this (although I support the bees and would like to see the bee-killing pesticides banned). Michelle Obama made a point of developing an ORGANIC GARDEN at the White House, which would preclude the pesticides of this nature from being applied. I’m concerned that people who don’t know about the White House garden might assume that it’s a “conventional” garden, using all the “conventional” methods, herbicides, pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, etc. Michelle took a LOT of heat from the Ag Industry when she chose to go “organic”… and we should be honoring her choice to do so… and praising her good judgment in this matter, rather than “challenging” her to “take a stand”.
    I have written to my Congressman to ban these bad chems, and also signed a few petitions to that effect. Somehow, though, encouraging people to ‘warn’ Michelle Obama that she might “unwittingly” be putting sprayed plants in her plantings– especially when she’s going out of her way to put in a ”pollinator garden”– (and has made a very public case for gardening organically) doesn’t sit well with me. (just my 2¢…)

    John Browne
    Peace… the affordable alternative

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