Dear Editor, 

This weekend, Americans everywhere will celebrate the Fourth of July, many with outdoor barbecues and celebrations. Unfortunately, many of them will spray their lawns with toxic, bee-killing neonic pesticides to prepare.

Last year, bee-keepers lost a record-breaking 44% of their honey bee colonies – and a large part of that is due to neonic use. Even though bugs like mosquitos are annoying, we should look for ways to get rid of them without decimating bee populations, and therefore contributing to the downfall of entire ecosystems. Stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s have banned neonics, but Amazon continues to sell them. As Amazon moves into northern Virginia, we, as Amazon customers and as the company’s new neighbors, must stand up for our pollinators.

Zach Szlezinger 

Washington D.C.

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