Protect the Bees or Forget About Eating

Are you aware that bees’ pollenating plants is necessary for 1/3 of our food crops to grow?  And forget about our beautiful flowers that we enjoy so much in the spring if we don’t have the bees to help us.

If you thought the “government” is watching out for bees and for us, think again.  “Uimages beeS Pesticide Approval “Grievously Flawed.”   “Following on two years of research, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a watchdog group, has found that as much as 65 percent of the 16,000 pesticides the EPA approved between the late 1970s and 2010 were greenlighted through a hasty and potentially incomplete process.” (Italics mine)

How do we get people to recognize that chemicals that are dangerous for insects and “pests” are likely to be dangerous for all of us in the long run?  Remember, the “cide” part of pesticide means “kill.”  Chemicals that affect the nervous system, the immune system, the reproductive system, the endocrine system of an insect are likely to damage our own system.  We are not that different from the other animals.  Yes, the pesticide in small amounts may not kill us, but that does not mean it won’t interfere with any of the delicate and finely tuned thousands of reactions that occur in our body.  Scientific studies have shown repeatedly the dangers of the wide-spread use of pesticides.  One example is the increased suggestion that the epidemic of autism, world-wide, is a result of our increasing use of pesticides and other chemicals.  We use them without adequate testing.  If we followed the Precautionary Principle, I have no doubt we would only be able to use a fraction of the 80,000 new chemicals that have been created since World War II.

The Precautionary Principle would have us NOT use a new product, eg a chemical, until we have proven it is safe for animals and children alike.  Our current approach is to use a chemical until we have connected it to the myriad deaths or cancers or epidemics of animal deaths that are occurring.

Please let the EPA know, if you agree, that you want them to use more stringent regulatory policies before permitting companies to release chemicals into our environment.  Our lives and the lives of our children depend on our being proactive about this.

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