Why do you care about pollinators? Tell us your story
The Center for Food Safety (CFS) has developed a multi-faceted campaign to halt the widespread and continued use of toxic pesticides, known as neonicotinoids, which are contributing to the rapid decline of our nation’s honey bees, and are endangering other pollinator species, butterflies, insects, birds, and wildlife. CFS is currently in litigation challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s decision to allow the continued use of neonicotinoid pesticides that are detrimental to pollinator species, the environment, and our future food security. Even though countries such as Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, and Sweden have restricted the use of these toxic pesticides, EPA still allows them for a wide range of uses, from commercial seed treatments on corn and soybeans to lawn and garden applications.
We are interested in hearing your concerns about the use of these toxic neonicotinoid pesticides and their effect on species, the environment, and the safety and security of our nation’s food supply.
Specifically, we are looking for information from members who meet one or more of the following criteria: (1) you keep or work with honey bees, other types of bees or pollinators, and are concerned about their health and survival; (2) you care about bees, pollinator species, insects, birds, and other wildlife that may be harmed by the use of toxic neonicotinoid pesticides near their habitats; (3) you rely on honey bees and vital pollinators for your livelihood or food supply and are concerned by the impacts of their decline on food production.
If you meet any of the above mentioned criteria, please share your story with us. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-826-2770 by May 3rd. In your response, please tell us: (1) the city and state of your residence; (2) if you live near areas of agricultural production or areas where you know or suspect neonicotinoid pesticides are being used; (3) how you fit into the above mentioned criteria and your specific concerns regarding the use of neonicotinoid pesticides.
Center for Food Safety