Over 100 businesses, members of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and Green America’s Green Business Network, urged the Obama Administration to take proactive measures to combat the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on the pollinator population.
Many of the businesses that signed the letter are involved with products containing ingredients that are dependent on pollination from bees and other pollinators, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fiber and hay.
“We are very concerned about the continued and unsustainable losses of bees and other essential pollinators and what effects this will have on the bottom-line of our industries and economy,” said David Levine, CEO of ASBC. “Our business network members urge the Obama administration to take immediate action to address the threats pollinators face from pesticides,” added Fran Teplitz, Interim Executive Director of Green America.
“Declining bee populations threaten the health of farming systems across the country,” said Clif Bar & Company CEO Kevin Cleary, who signed the letter. “As an organic food company, we rely on agriculture for our ingredients, and agriculture depends on pollinators. This is a clear case where the EPA can use its power to protect the environment and support businesses.”
The letter, (http://www.greenamerica.org/go/business-letter-pollinators-pesticides/), also requests the Environmental Protection Agency to immediately suspend the registrations of neonicotinoids for agricultural uses and cosmetic and other unnecessary uses pending the results of pesticide re-evaluation.