The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists nearly 40 pollinator species as threatened or endangered.

Monarch butterflies aren’€™t faring much better. In California, the Monarch population has declined by 80 percent over 15 years, in part due to the extensive use of Monsanto’€™s Roundup.

Two Congressmen, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) have written a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, urging her to review and revise pesticide regulations protecting pollinators. In order to make the letter carry more weight, they’€™re asking their colleagues to sign on.

In their letter, Reps. Blumenauer and Conyers refer to recent studies revealing that ‘€œsystemic pesticides’€”including neonicotinoids‘€”are accumulating in soils and polluting waterways and natural vegetation across the world, leading to widespread impacts on wildlife inhabiting farmland and aquatic habitats.’€

They also point out that much of this pesticide use is unnecessary and ineffective.

Please ask your Congress members to sign on to the Blumenauer-Conyers ‘€œDear Colleague’€ letter. We’€™re hoping to get 50 Members to sign on, before the letter closes on September 8.

TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT POLLINATORS: Ask your Congress member to sign on to this important letter to the EPA

Read the letter
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