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Beekeepers Ask The EPA To Ban A Pesticide Toxic To Bees

Filed under: Science!InsectsBugs

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A group of commercial beekeepers has filed a petition to ask the EPA to regulate the use of a pesticide that has proved toxic to honey bees.

These chemicals kill certain insects but are supposed to leave the good ones (in this case bees) unharmed.

But what happened is the poison can lead to a weakened immune system in the bees, which could contribute to colony collapse disorder.

Colony collapse disorder is where all the adult honeybees in a colony suddenly die or disappear.

Other countries have already banned these types of insecticides.

A professor of entomology (bug doctor) said:

"The EPA admits that their testing has not been adequate to determine the impact of this chemical on bees and pollinators."

So maybe it's time for the EPA takes another look at the pesticides they allow to be used.

The bees are vital to over one-third of all of America's crops.

Save the bees!

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U.S. Government Agency To Kill 80,000 Animals

Filed under: PETAScience!Animal Cruelty

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The EPA has a list of over 100 new chemicals that could possibly act as endocrine disruptors (EDs). That means they could mess with hormones and possibly affect growth or reproduction of animals.

As the EPA tests these chemicals over the years to see which are EDs, they will kill about 80,000 animals through those tests.

They're still doing animal testing even though they spent millions on creating ToxCast, a non-animal program that they've already used on over 300 other chemical tests.

So it seems to us (and PETA) that there's no need to kill tens of thousands of defenseless animals.

PETA is asking that people write to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and ask them to use their non-animal ToxCast program to test their list of chemicals.

PETA asks that people:

"[…] take a moment to write to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to politely insist that the EPA use the non-animal ToxCast program to test the new list of chemicals for their potential to cause endocrine disruption."

U can send polite comments to:

Lisa Jackson, Administrator
Environmental Protection Agency
jackson.lisap@epa.gov

U can help saves the mousies!

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