Bees are incredibly important to our ecosystem. About 35 percent of our diet depends on the pollination of bees. Without them, it would be tough to survive and it’s not even known if we can. That’s why it’s imperative to protect these pollinators, on top of the fact that they deserve to live and do not deserve to be killed off by human activity.
In the last few years, pesticides have been in the spotlight for the dangers they cause to humans. Herbicides like Roundup are linked to cancer environmental damage. Well, the main ingredient in Roundup is glophysate, which the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) label a possible human carcinogen. It also happens to harm bees.
An experiment done by Nancy Moran, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Texas in Austin and some colleagues tested the effects of glyphosate on bees. They used levels similar to what they would encounter while foraging for food. They were also exposed to a harmful bacteria that’s often in bees’ guts. Those fed the glyphosate died at higher rates. They did say that some results were “confusing,” but we cannot risk the extinction of bees.
Sometimes governments and corporations do not care about the extinction of a species, and it’s deflating each time, but certainly the pollinators of most of our food cannot be ignore and left to die.
This petition by the Care2 team targets Home Depot, America’s largest home improvement store. It simply asks them to do the right thing by keeping this dangerous chemical off their shelves. If you are concerned with this herbicide’s effects on humans and bees, sign this petition!
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