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May 22, 2015 9:32 PM CST
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Name: Elfrieda
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Thought you'd like to know what goes on with these organization that try hard to make these large companies responsible for their products. I received this email from "Sum of Us" -- legit organization.
"A shocking new report finds that honeybee death rates spiked by 23 percent in the past year. Bees were already dying by the million, so this is truly frightening news.

And what did Bayer, the world's biggest producer of bee-killing pesticides, say about it?

They called the increase in bee deaths "good news" -- because the increase wasn't as big as it might have been.

Enough is enough -- we're organizing to demand that Bayer stop selling bee-killing pesticides at the company's annual shareholder meeting in Germany on May 27.

................. buy ads in major newspapers with quotes from beekeepers at the centre of the massive bee die-off that Bayer and its shareholders can't miss, so that the company will have to take us seriously at the meeting? SumOfUs campaigners will also be there in person to deliver our message.

]Bees play an absolutely critical role in agriculture as pollinators. Many of the world's most important food crops rely on bees to grow."

And one of the key reasons for the massive global bee die-off is the explosion in use of bee-killing pesticides known as neonicotinoids. Bayer is the biggest producer of bee-killers of them all.

We know Bayer will do everything they can to silence us. But by putting massive ads in newspapers at the heart of Bayer's global headquarters, they won't be able to ignore us.

And by bringing beekeepers voices to the forefront -- the people who are seeing the massive global bee die-off firsthand -- we'll have the most compelling voices on our side.

Unlike Bayer, SumOfUs doesn't have billions in corporate profits to pay for actions like this. The only way we can organise the kind of global campaign we need to save the bees is if you, our members, chip in. We've done it before with the TTIP meeting in Brussels, and to stop the TPP in New Zealand -- and we're closer than ever to killing those dangerous trade deals.

Can we count on you?

SumOfUs members are already fighting globally to save the bees, and making real progress. One of the world's biggest home improvement and gardening chains, Lowe's, recently committed to remove bee-killing pesticides from its stores. This came after nearly one million of us spoke out, funded groundbreaking reporting into the store's pesticide use, and rallied at the Lowe's shareholder meeting and stores around the world. But we need to do more to win this fight -- and the next battle is against Bayer.

Thanks for all you do,
Paul, Jon and the team at SumOfUs
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