Letter to the Editor: Bee-killing pesticides

The Obama administration just released their long-awaited strategy to save the bees—and unfortunately, the news isn’t good.

The plan includes some good things. It calls on the EPA to pay closer attention to a decline in the population of bees and other pollinators. It aims to protect more pollinator habitats.

But the plan does virtually nothing to address the scourge of bee-killing pesticides, which is one of the leading drivers of the massive global bee die-off.

We can’t save the bees while ignoring bee-killing pesticides—and we’re demanding further action.

Donations to support this action can be made by visiting environmentillinois.webaction.org/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=9373.

Yesterday’s announcement comes after President Obama directed agencies to create a unified strategy last June.

But despite more than 4 million public comments and mounting evidence of the key role that bee-killing pesticides are playing in the decline of bees and other pollinators, the plan does virtually nothing to reduce them.

There’s still plenty of time for President Obama to review this strategy and demand something stronger—but only if the public response to today’s news is loud and clear.

We’re demanding stronger action bee-killing pesticides. Will you chip in?

Thanks for making it all possible.

Shelley Vinyard
Environment Illinois Regional Program Director

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