The science is clear: Neonics are a leading driver of bee-declines. Now the EPA has confirmed that they’re not helping many farmers, either. By using these seeds, soy farmers aren’t increasing their yields or their profits — but they are harming bees, birds, butterflies, earthworms and soil microbes, which are all essential for healthy ecosystems and food production.
Friends of the Earth want you to help ramp up pressure on the EPA to listen to its own analysis. It needs to suspend neonicotinoids for agricultural uses, including seed treatments, and require seed companies to offer untreated seeds to farmers.
The EPA is only accepting comments on the analysis until December 22nd, so we have to act now.
The European Union, the government of Ontario, and some cities in the U.S. have already acted to restrict neonics. The EPA has no excuse but to follow.