Tell the EPA to restrict neonic pesticides that are killing bees and butterflies and pushing species to extinction.
Since the use of toxic neonic pesticides took off in the mid-2000s, we’ve lost countless bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Neonics are so toxic that just a kernel of corn coated in neonic pesticides at approved rates can kill 250,000 bees.
Now, a new analysis by the EPA says that these widely used toxins are also likely driving 200 species toward extinction — including the rusty patched bumble bee, Hine’s emerald dragonfly, and Karner blue butterfly.
As pollinator populations plummet, crop yields for foods like blueberries, cherries and apples have declined, which could threaten the future of our food supply and further impact communities already suffering from food insecurities.
The EPA is conducting a once-every-fifteen-year review of neonic pesticides and needs to hear from the public that these chemicals are unsafe to use. It’s time we act to save pollinators and the web of life they sustain.