Action – Email your legislators to ask them to stop the EPA’s policy of granting large exceptions for the spraying of apicidal pesticides.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported last week that in 2018 it issued so-called “emergency” approvals to spray sulfoxaflor—an insecticide that scientists as well as the agency itself consider to be “very highly toxic” to bees—on more than 16 million acres of crops known to attract bees.
Read this article here. The video below shows one aspect of what is happening to the bees when exposed to these types of chemical pesticides.
Minimal action: Go to the email sites of your representative and two senators. Fill in the required information confirming that you are their constituant and then click “agriculture” for subject.
On the comment line, put in: What are you doing about this? The EPA is allowing the spraying of millions of acres of bee-attractive crops with a Sulfoxaflor, a bee-killing pesticide in a time of global insect decline. (see link below) This is as much of a threat to our wellbeing as Trump’s global energy dominance program. Yes, I would like a response. https://www.ecowatch.com/trump-epa-pesticides–2629292283.html
- As insect population decline, scientists are trying to understand why. (Scientific American)
- Hyperalarming study shows massive insect loss (Wapo)
- Global insect decline may see “plague of pests” (BBC)
- Where have all our insects gone (guardian)
- Doomsday for insects? The alarming decline of insect population around the world (omicsonline)
- “Bee friendly” pesticide cuts colonies by half, study finds (telegraph)
- This video is far wonkier, but very interesting.