Even more dead bees?

Bees are dying at a startling rate all over the country. And now, Dow Chemical is asking the EPA to let them expand the use of a potent bee-killing pesticide to a whole new set of crops — including corn, the most widely grown crop in America. [1]

These guys just don’t get it. Bees play a critical role in agriculture as pollinators. No bees, no farms. No farms, no food.

Beekeepers and scientists have been raising alarms about the massive global bee die-off for years. But if we’re going to stop this dangerous new threat, the public needs to get involved.

Will you chip in to help build the grassroots support we need to stop the pesticide industry and save the bees?

Yes, I’ll chip in to help save the bees.

Dow’s latest bee-killing pesticide is called sulfoxaflor, and it was just approved by the EPA in 2013, over the objections of scientists, environmental groups and beekeepers. [2]

Now, just a year later, as scientists are just beginning to track the damage being done, Dow is lobbying to use even more of this highly toxic bee killer.

You’ve gotta be kidding. We need to be phasing out these bee-killing pesticides, not expanding their use.

With 1 million online supporters, 29 state affiliates, and allies organizing students on more than 100 college campuses — we’re one of the few organizations in the environmental movement with the reach to really mobilize the grassroots.

But we count on you, our supporters, to provide the funding we need. Can you chip in to help build the grassroots action we need to save the bees?

Thanks for making it all possible.

Shelley Vinyard
Environment Illinois Regional Program Director

[1] New Use Candidates, Environmental Protection Agency, accessed Nov. 13, 2014

Major Crops Grown in the United States, Environmental Protection Agency, accessed Nov. 13, 2014

Bee decline overshadows Endangered Species Act’s 40th anniversary,” Al Jazeera America, Dec. 28, 2013

[2] “Beekeeping Industry Sues EPA for Approval of Bee-Killing Pesticide,” Earthjustice, July 8, 2013

Posted Dec. 19, 2014

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