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  • Elaine Sommers
    If you of anyone else that would sign this petition then please forward the mail to them. We are shaped and fashioned by what we love Goethe Losing your
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      If you of anyone else that would sign this petition then please forward the mail to them.

      "We are shaped and fashioned by what we love"
        Goethe
       
      "Losing your mind can be a peak experience!"
        Jane Wagner
       
      "Our nature lies in movement; complete calm is death."
        Blaise Pascal
       
      ". . . the greatest peril of life lies in the fact that human food consists entirely of souls. All the creatures that we have to kill to eat, all those that we have to strike down and destroy to make clothes for ourselves, have souls, souls that do not perish with the body . . . All that exists lives."
       
      from 'Shaman, the wounded healer' by J. Halifax, 1982




       

      Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2011 19:48:18 -0500
      From: avaaz@...
      Subject: Have you heard the buzz?
      To: elainesommers@...

      Dear friends,



      Bees are dying off worldwide and our entire food chain is in peril. Scientists blame toxic pesticides and four European governments have already banned them. If we get the US and the EU to join the ban, other governments across the world could follow, and save bees from extinction. Sign the petition and forward this urgent appeal:

      Sign the petition
      Silently, billions of bees are dying off and our entire food chain is in danger. Bees don't just make honey, they are a giant, humble workforce, pollinating 90% of the plants we grow.

      Multiple scientific studies blame one group of toxic pesticides for their rapid demise, and bee populations have soared in four European countries that have banned these chemicals. But powerful chemical companies are lobbying hard to keep selling this poison. Our best chance to save bees now is to push the US and EU to join the ban -- their action is critical and will have a ripple effect on the rest of the world.

      We have no time to lose -- the debate is raging about what to do. This is not just about saving bumble bees, this is about survival. Let’s build a giant global buzz calling for the EU and US to outlaw these killer chemicals and save our bees and our food. Sign the emergency petition now, and send it on to everyone and we’ll deliver it to key decision makers:

      https://secure.avaaz.org/en/save_the_bees/?vl

      Bees are vital to life on earth -- every year pollinating plants and crops with an estimated $40bn value, over one third of the food supply in many countries. Without immediate action to save bees we could end up with no fruit, no vegetables, no nuts, no oils and no cotton.

      Recent years have seen a steep and disturbing global decline in bee populations -- some bee species are now extinct and others are at just 4% of their previous numbers. Scientists have been scrambling for answers. Some studies claim the decline may be due to a combination of factors including disease, habitat loss and toxic chemicals. But new leading independent research has produced strong evidence blaming neonicotinoid pesticides. France, Italy, Slovenia and even Germany, where the main manufacturer Bayer is based, have banned one of these bee killers. But, Bayer continues to export its poison across the world

      This issue is now coming to the boil as major new studies have confirmed the scale of this problem. If we can get European and US decision-makers to take action, others will follow. It won’t be easy. A leaked document shows that the US Environmental Protection Agency knew about the pesticide’s dangers, but ignored them. The document says Bayer’s "highly toxic" product is a "major risk concern to non target insects [honey bees]".

      We need to make our voices heard to counter Bayer’s very strong influence on policy makers and scientists in both the US and the EU where they fund the studies and sit on policy bodies. The real experts -- the beekeepers and farmers -- want these deadly pesticides prohibited until and unless we have solid, independent studies that show they are safe. Let's support them now. Sign the petition below, then forward this email:

      https://secure.avaaz.org/en/save_the_bees/?vl

      We can no longer leave our delicate food chain in the hands of research run by the chemical companies and the regulators that are in their pockets. Banning this pesticide will move us closer to a world safe for ourselves and the other species we care about and depend on.

      With hope,

      Alex, Alice, Iain, David and all at Avaaz

      MORE INFORMATION

      Bee decline could be down to chemical cocktail interfering with brains
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jun/22/chemicals-bees-decline-major-study?INTCMP=SRCH

      Bee briefing
      http://www.soilassociation.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=RXLEm9WXrHk%3D&tabid=439

      $15 Billion Bee Murder Mystery Deepens
      http://www.businessinsider.com/colony-collapse-disorder-still-unsolved-lead-researcher-had-connections-to-bayer-2010-10

      “Nicotine Bees" Population Restored With Neonicotinoids Ban
      http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/05/nicotine-bees-population-restored-with-neonicotinoids-ban.php

      EPA memo reveals concern that pesticide causes bee deaths
      http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/green/detail?entry_id=79910

      Beekeepers want government to pull pesticide
      http://www.palmbeachpost.com/money/beekeepers-want-government-to-pull-pesticide-1107701.html

      British Beekeepers' Association to stop endorsing bee-killing pesticides http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/nov/16/beekeepers-end-pesticide-endorsement?INTCMP=SRCH

      Pesticide industry involvement in EU risk assessment puts survival of bees at stake
      http://www.corporateeurope.org/agribusiness/news/2010/11/16/pesticide-industry-future-bees

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