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Please be aware of how important bees are to our planet and ecosystem. Without them we wouldn't be here. Bees are dying in millions right now and this petition is aimed to help salvage what's left. Please take a few moments to sign the petition!

Dear friends,

Silently, billions of bees are dying off and our entire food chain is in danger. Bees don't just make honey, they are a giant, humble workforce, pollinating 90% of the plants we grow.

Multiple scientific studies blame one group of toxic pesticides for their rapid demise, and some bee populations are recovering in countries where these products have been banned. But powerful chemical companies are lobbying hard to keep selling these poisons. Our best chance to save bees now is to push the US and EU to join the ban -- their action is critical and will have a ripple effect on the rest of the world.

We have no time to lose -- the debate is raging about what to do. This is not just about saving bees, this is about survival. Let’s build a giant global buzz calling for the EU and US to outlaw these killer chemicals and save our bees and our food. Sign the emergency petition now, and send it on to everyone and we’ll deliver it to key decision makers:

http://www.avaaz.org...2487b6d6006d0cc

Bees are vital to life on earth -- every year pollinating plants and crops with an estimated $40bn value, over one third of the food supply in many countries. Without immediate action to save bees many of our favourite fruits, vegetables, and nuts could vanish from our shelves.

Recent years have seen a steep and disturbing global decline in bee populations -- some bee species are already extinct and last week we learned that some US species are at just 4% of their previous numbers. Scientists have been scrambling for answers. Some studies claim the decline may be due to a combination of factors including disease, habitat loss and toxic chemicals. But increasingly independent research has produced strong evidence blaming neonicotinoid pesticides. France, Italy, Slovenia and even Germany, where the main manufacturer Bayer is based, have banned one of these bee killers. But, Bayer continues to export its poison across the world

This issue is now coming to the boil as major new studies have confirmed the scale of this problem. If we can get European and US decision-makers to take action, others will follow. It won’t be easy. A leaked document shows that the US Environmental Protection Agency knew about the pesticide’s dangers, but ignored them. The document says Bayer’s "highly toxic" product is a "major risk concern to non target insects [honey bees]".

We need to make our voices heard to counter Bayer’s very strong influence on policy makers and scientists in both the US and the EU where they fund the studies and sit on policy bodies. The real experts -- the beekeepers and farmers -- want these deadly pesticides prohibited until and unless we have solid, independent studies that show they are safe. Let's support them now. Sign the petition below, then forward this email:

http://www.avaaz.org...2487b6d6006d0cc

We can no longer leave our delicate food chain in the hands of research run by the chemical companies and the regulators that are in their pockets. Banning this pesticide will move us closer to a world safe for ourselves and the other species we care about and depend on.

With hope,

Alex, Alice, Iain, David and all at Avaaz

MORE INFORMATION

Bee decline could be down to chemical cocktail interfering with brains
http://www.guardian....udy?INTCMP=SRCH

Bee briefing
http://www.soilassoc...XrHk=&tabid=439

$15 Billion Bee Murder Mystery Deepens
http://www.businessi...o-bayer-2010-10

“Nicotine Bees" Population Restored With Neonicotinoids Ban
http://www.treehugge...tinoids-ban.php

EPA memo reveals concern that pesticide causes bee deaths
http://www.sfgate.co...?entry_id=79910

Beekeepers want government to pull pesticide
http://www.palmbeach...de-1107701.html

Bees in freefall as study shows sharp US decline
http://www.guardian....ine?INTCMP=SRCH

Pesticide industry involvement in EU risk assessment puts survival of bees at stake
http://www.corporate...try-future-bees




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Signed. Thanks for giving the link. I think I know the right person to spread this, I will see if I can get in contact with him.

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Signed.Thanks for this.

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signed. i like honey please save them.

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signed. i like honey please save them.

you do realize that bees arent just for honey right? have you seen that movie 'Bee Movie'? the climax of that movie is soo true. i didnt realize til i watched that movie :lol:

And...signed.

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Bees are about so so much - they pollinate pretty much everything on the planet.. (I am a beekeeper)

But, honey is a fine produce we almost all love ^_^

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Thanks signed.

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Signed :]

I love food! omg save the bees! :P

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Signed too:D .
thx.

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Bees and I dont jive.

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Thanks everyone! :)

@Razzled we all owe bees and other insects xD

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http://en.wikipedia....i/Neonicotinoid




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