Please refer to the thread "Pesticide Action"
if your want details, but here's an easy way
to "make a difference".
You can send a simple e-mail, and add your
name to a petition to be sent to the EPA,
but you have to do it NOW, as the deadline
for "comments" to the EPA is Dec 27th.
Just send your name, postal address, and a
one-liner saying "add me to this petition list" to firstname.lastname@example.org
with the subject "Carbaryl Petition".
The petition is very simple, and any beekeeper can agree with it:
Carbaryl is the one of the more commonly-used
and deadly pesticides that kill bees. It is
the active ingredient in Sevin, and it is
also used in orchards, in grasshopper control
and in "West Nile Virus" mosquito control.
The proposed EPA label has "bee protection
language that is far weaker than seen before. What the petition demands is that the language be changed to read:
"This product is highly toxic to bees exposed to direct treatment or residues on blooming crops or weeds. Do not apply this product or allow it to drift to blooming crops or weeds."
The only difference between what the petition demands and the EPA's proposed label warning
is that the petition asks to remove Â“when bees are visitingÂ” or Â“when bees are foragingÂ” from the end of the cautionary statement.
Well, think about it - bees certainly WILL
be visiting any blooming plant or weed
soon, and the person doing the spraying
may be spraying at first light, before the
bees are flying for the day.
Regardless, laws (and make no mistake,
"The label IS the law", as been said
often) should not be worded in a way
that makes a hired hand responsible for
deciding to either "do his job", or
telling his boss that he "saw some bees",
and had to stop working. What do YOU think
the boss will say?
Sort of a no-brainer, isn't it.
It is sad that the EPA either can't think
clearly enough to see this themselves, or
(worse yet) is deliberately adding this
phrase to give pesticide applicators
"an excuse" that would allow them to get
away with murder.
[This message has been edited by jfischer (edited December 22, 2004).]
Hey- this could not be easier to do, just send an e-mail as outlined above. This very important and in the best interest of all of us. Just another example of big chem's money influence on goverment. With your resistance we can stop this. We have used our collective voice previously and we have seen results, let's go, it's time to saddle up and ride!
I have sent an e-mail and said
"Can you please add me to the petition list. I keep bees and do pollenation plus sell queen bees. Any pesticide use especially Carbaryl will be devastating to my operation and a tremendous loss in income."
Thanks for bringing this to my attention.
We've got almot 2000 members. Come on guys!
Just got email conformation only 45 names so far