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Tell the EPA to uphold strong state pesticide regulations

April 25, 2019

Bees, butterflies, and other insects are dying at alarming rates. Scientists are warning if we don’t stem insect decline, we could soon face the “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems.”
A leading driver of insect declines is the increased use of pesticides like glyphosate, chlorpyrifos, dicamba and neonicotinoids. These pesticides have devastating effects not just on insects, but also on our health and environment.
States across the country are fighting back by banning some of these toxic pesticides. However, last month Trump’s EPA quietly announced plans to undermine these state-level pesticide regulations. We can’t afford any rollbacks of the regulations states are enacting. We need you to let the EPA know that this is unacceptable. 

If we don’t act fast to shift away from toxic pesticides, we could lose iconic pollinators like bees and the monarch butterflies. What’s more, these pesticides harm birds and other species. 
And these pesticides destroy more than just our environment. They are also detrimental to our health. Chlorpyrifos is part of a class of chemicals developed for nerve gas by Nazi Germany and damages children's brains. And glyphosate -- a.k.a. Monsanto’s Roundup ® -- is linked to cancer.
Dicamba is a volatile chemical that drifts and has damaged an unprecedented number of crops, plants and farmer livelihoods. Just last year, an estimated 1.1 million acres of soybeans were damaged because of dicamba drift. It’s so bad that states from Arkansas to Missouri placed temporary bans on this toxic pesticide. 
These pesticides have no place in our environment, on our shelves, or in our food system. But the federal government has done far too little to eliminate them. So states have taken the reins and implemented pesticide restrictions. 

We can’t let the Trump administration undo this progress. We need your help to ensure these protections remain. 

The Trump administration’s plan is nothing short of a huge giveback to the pesticide industry. Companies like Monsanto have millions in profits at stake. And they’re worried about all the action states are taking. Monsanto even filed a lawsuit against the Arkansas Plant Board and each individual member for its dicamba ban, calling the decision unlawful. 
Why is Trump going to such great lengths to protect Big Ag? You don’t have to look much further than the $1 million donation Dow Chemical made to Trump’s inaugural committee to understand where his loyalties lie.
We can’t let the corrupt Trump administration put Monsanto’s profits ahead of bees, butterflies, and our health. So we need the help of engaged Friends of the Earth Action members like you to ensure these state-level restrictions remain in place. Can we count on your support? 

Tell the EPA: Protect bees and butterflies, not Monsanto's profits!

Sign the petition here: https://action.foe.org/page/10189/action/1?ea.tracking.id=Email&ea.url.id=228162&forwarded=true

Source: Friends of the Earth Action

 

 

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