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house Bill H.R. 1337

Banning Insecticides That Harm Bees and Other Pollinators

Argument in favor

Suspending the use of these insecticides until the EPA can determine if they are killing bees is a wise move that could save a vital asset to our environment, and the country’s agriculture industry.

Kodiwodi's Opinion
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03/28/2019
When the bees are gone, we have four years to live as a species. I’m thinking yes. But then we aren’t too bright. David, I am a farmer/rancher now. I also worked for the USDA Cotton Insect Research Lab in Texas and was in the field subject to pesticide overspray of crops frequently. Mostly organophosphates but I got a good dose of Roundup too. I blame my Autoimmune diseases on these oversprays. While I sympathize with the farmer as you would see in my previous comments on farming, pesticides, especially neonics, aren’t the way to go. There are other proven methods to use.
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Leigh's Opinion
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03/28/2019
What a lot of people don’t understand if we kill off bees our food supply will drop dramatically or stop completely. Bees are a necessary component in growing crops, without their job of pollination crops don’t grow. They are not a frivolous extra, not a environmental fantasy and not a liberal conspiracy but a vital part of sustainable food production world wide.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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03/28/2019
Absolutely. Save the bees! It's all for their work as crop pollinators. This agricultural benefit of honey bees is estimated to be between 10 and 20 times the total value of honey and beeswax. In fact, bee pollination accounts for about $15 billion in added crop value. Honey bees are like flying dollar bills buzzing over U.S. crops.
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Argument opposed

Bees are dying everywhere, not just in places where insecticides are used. Finding out the cause of the bee deaths makes sense, but hurting the agriculture industry in the process is foolish.

AmericaIsARepublic's Opinion
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03/28/2019
Banning things is never the answer, especially if government bureaucrats are in charge. The epa is unconstitutional and should be dissolved. The federal government can only do what the constitution explicitly authorizes. Everything else goes to the states.
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David's Opinion
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03/29/2019
WHO of you are farmers? I am! My lively hood depends on pollinators. We don’t want to kill bees. Many of them are being killed by a mite, which gives the environmentalists a platform to place all the blame on pesticides. This exchange, Unfortunately, proves the E people get hysterical before reason prevails. In the 70’s, E people claimed we’re headed to another ice age come 2000. Nothing happened. Its always a FEAR narrative to try and get their way.
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Timeline508's Opinion
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03/28/2019
Read the book Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Of course we need to ban harmful chemicals!
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      house Committees
      Committee on Agriculture
      Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research
    IntroducedFebruary 25th, 2019
    When the bees are gone, we have four years to live as a species. I’m thinking yes. But then we aren’t too bright. David, I am a farmer/rancher now. I also worked for the USDA Cotton Insect Research Lab in Texas and was in the field subject to pesticide overspray of crops frequently. Mostly organophosphates but I got a good dose of Roundup too. I blame my Autoimmune diseases on these oversprays. While I sympathize with the farmer as you would see in my previous comments on farming, pesticides, especially neonics, aren’t the way to go. There are other proven methods to use.
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    Banning things is never the answer, especially if government bureaucrats are in charge. The epa is unconstitutional and should be dissolved. The federal government can only do what the constitution explicitly authorizes. Everything else goes to the states.
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    What a lot of people don’t understand if we kill off bees our food supply will drop dramatically or stop completely. Bees are a necessary component in growing crops, without their job of pollination crops don’t grow. They are not a frivolous extra, not a environmental fantasy and not a liberal conspiracy but a vital part of sustainable food production world wide.
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    No bee, no we.
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    Absolutely. Save the bees! It's all for their work as crop pollinators. This agricultural benefit of honey bees is estimated to be between 10 and 20 times the total value of honey and beeswax. In fact, bee pollination accounts for about $15 billion in added crop value. Honey bees are like flying dollar bills buzzing over U.S. crops.
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    Should have never been approved! FIX THIS IMMEDIATELY! Linda, good comment. Very scary about your neighbor. Will he not reconsider and use something safer? If not, crappy neighbor, for sure!
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    We need to have a fully accountable coverage rehabilitation structure for the environment and the full ecology
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    Bees are the canaries in the coal mine.
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    Need to protect the bees.
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    NO SHIT SHERLOCK, DON'T YOU LIKE TO EAT? IF WE DON'T HAVE BEES OR OTHER POLLINATORS WE WON'T HAVE FOOD! YOU MORON
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    We are losing bees and we can’t afford to, with bees gone so goes our food. Of course reading comments there’s always one dumbass. Go back to school, if you went to school at all. Vote Republican and kiss your ass goodbye.
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    There are proven, non-toxic methods we should be using.
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    There’s no reason by any stretch of the imagination that pesticides that aren’t legal almost every where else, should remain legal in the US. Here’s a good rule of thumb. If you have to wear a hazmat suit to apply these pesticides, we probably shouldn’t be using them in the first place.
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    Yes. .... and while we are at it..... create a policy that automatically adopts European bans on pollutants, toxins and other poisons. If European countries have already done the research to confirm products are harmful or unsafe, then ban them too. This includes medicines that have been determined to be harmful.
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    This is already law in Europe. We didn’t know the harm caused to pollinators by these chemicals before but now we do we absolutely have to halt their sales and distribution as a matter of survival of our agricultural industry. Do it NOW!
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    No bees; no food. Period. We almost lost the bald eagle because of ddt. We will lose the pollinators and face certain annihilation ourselves if we don’t ban insecticides that kill pollinators. What will it take to wake up the human race to crisis facing this planet. We banned ddt. We can stop the slaughter.
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    Close Monsanto and Bayer to prevent them from Poisoning our word. This is a greater, more imminent problem than climate change! The problem is these companies pump truck loads on money into politicians pockets!
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    Idaho had a great idea years ago. Cutting down the jackrabbit population also cut down population on coyotes and other predators that fed on rabbits. News flash. You can’t fix stupid. Years ago minors used parrots to detect harmful gas that could be fatal to minors. Of course the parrots died in the process. Maybe we should see the possibility of mass extinction of bees as our future fate.
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    It depends on whether we want any life to continue on the planet? I want my great grandchildren to live in a beautiful world teeming with forests, wildlife and people who love the earth and each other. Yes, I want pollinators protected. The magic of buzzing bees and dancing butterflies is precious.
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    This should BEE a no-brainer!!
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