to eat? Save the honeybee!
One out of every
three bites of food we consume is due to the work of the honeybee.
This crucial pollinator is greatly threatened by the recently identified
Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), and, as a result, our food supply
may be severely impacted. Since 2005 this syndrome has annually wiped
out more than 30% of all honeybees!
Laurel Hopwood, Chair, Sierra Club Genetic Engineering Action Team.
In light of
the mounting evidence that new seed chemical coatings are deadly
to bees, Sierra Club has been urging the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) to ban the use of these specific chemical treatments
in order to protect bees and crops until more study can be done.
At issue are
the nicotinyl insecticides (also known as neonicotinoids). These
insecticides are being used in a new way—as seed coatings.
For years, farmers have been spraying neonicotinoids onto their
crops to stop insect infestation. Now huge agribusiness corporations
have acquired patents to coat their proprietary corn seeds with
these neonicotinoids. These “neonics” are extremely
persistent. They enter the plant and are present in pollen and on
droplets of water on leaves. Federal agencies in France, Germany
and Italy have already taken responsible regulatory actions to suspend
the use of these pesticides based on the best available scientific
evidence. Strikingly, in Italy, honeybee populations immediately
rebounded when these chemicals were suspended!
We urge Sierra
Club members and the American public to view the outstanding documentary
entitled Nicotine Bees. Producer Kevin Hansen did a superb job researching,
interviewing and splicing together an extraordinary story on the
CCD problem. We suggest showing the 45-minute film at meetings,
home parties, classrooms, and community events.
We are calling
Nicotine Bees the new Silent Spring. Without a doubt, Nicotine Bees
should be in every home, school, and library! To purchase the video,
visit http://NicotineBees.com You are also encouraged to take action.
Contact EPA’s Steve Owens at firstname.lastname@example.org to request
a suspension of the neonicotinoid seed coatings until independent
scientists verify safety.
For more information,
please contact me at email@example.com