Tell EPA: Stop Approving These Bee-killing Pesticides

The extinction emergency is here — and we need to rein in the use of poisonous pesticides to protect bees and other wildlife.
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Last year the EPA greenlit massive amounts of bee-killing pesticides to be sprayed on U.S. crops that attract bees. These toxic pesticides were approved for use on 16 million acres for an "emergency" thanks to a legal loophole.

But the real emergency here is the threat poisons pose to pollinators, other wildlife and people.

Tell the EPA that harmful, toxic pesticides shouldn't be given continuous backdoor approvals at the behest of the agriculture industry.

Millions of acres are being sprayed with poisons that are known to kill pollinators. Neonicotinoids like sulfoxaflor, which the EPA has now permanently approved for expanded use, are a major threat to imperiled bumblebees and other native bees.

Five of the 9 approvals granted for some neonicotinoids last year were handed out for nine consecutive years for the same so-called "emergency." These pollinator-killing pesticides shouldn't keep being approved using backdoor tactics that maintain the status quo just so industry can profit.

We face a global extinction emergency for wildlife, and one way to fight it is to stop creating fake emergencies as an excuse to douse fields and orchards in toxic pesticides.

Tell the EPA that sulfoxaflor and other pesticides shouldn't be approved under the guise of an emergency.

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