(editor's note: Rather than become disheartened by the negative news of mainstream media, I challenge you to look deeper -to find healing earth heroes in your own community. There are people all over this beautiful jewel we call Gaia working every day to correct the damage we have done. They are doing the physical clean up work, or putting the intellectual thought into solving these problems. Please join me in sending them all energies of love and support. ~All my Love, Boo)
(There is) new evidence that the systemic neonicotinoid pesticides widely used to grow corn are one of the reasons so many honeybees
and other pollinators are dying. One study has shown that the suspected residues of neonicotinoid pesticides in high fructose corn syrup (fed to bees by commercial beekeepers) can cause honeybee hives to die out.
What about the effects on humans who eat huge amounts of food containing corn syrup and many other corn products? Persistent, systemic pesticides simply have no place in food production. The reasons to grow your own food just keep growing.
Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/honeybees-beekeeping/neonicotinoid-pesticides-zb0z1204zlon.aspx#ixzz1syyPOuRu
Let's contact the U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and ask that they add neonicotinoid pesticides to their list of banned antimicrobial pesticides.
Government agencies respond to consumer concerns and complaints based on sheer numbers. The higher the volume of emails on a specific issue, the higher it moves up on the agenda to be addressed.
Here's a copy of what I sent (feel free to use it, ammend it, etc.):
Please add systemic neonicotinoid pesticides to your list of banned pesticides. Studies show that neonicotinoid pesticides in high fructose corn syrup (fed to bees by commercial beekeepers) can cause honeybee hives to die out.
I am also concerned about the effects of these pesticides on human consumption of corn and corn syrup products.
Sincerely, (your name)