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Saving America's Pollinators Act Introduced

June 26, 2017 | bees / pollinators / gardening / organic
We have a cheer for Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-MI) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), who re-introduced the Saving America’s Pollinators Act for the 2017-2018 legislative session on June 23 during Pollinator Week. The legislation directs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend registration of a toxic group of pesticides called neonicotinoids, or "neonics." Now the most commonly used insecticides, these chemicals are deadly to birds, bees and aquatic life.
 
The bill, which Friends of Animals wholeheartedly supports, has been referred to the House Committee on Agriculture. To contact members of the committee to tell them to support the bill, use this directory. To learn more about neonics and why you should avoid using them in your own backyard until this legislation passes, check out this preview from our article in Action Line or click here to read the full piece. 
 
 
Is your perfect garden worth the lives of pollinators?
 
By Nicole Rivard
 
In 2013, the start of National Pollinator Week—a symbolic annual event intended to raise public awareness about the plight of bees—was an ironic one. It kicked off with the largest mass bumble bee death on record—on June 17, tens of thousands of bumble bees and other pollinators were found dead under European Linden trees at a Target store in Wilsonville, Ore.
 
The Oregon Department of Agriculture confirmed that the deaths of more than 50,000 bumble bees, likely representing more than 300 wild colonies, were directly related to a pesticide application on the trees to control aphids, which secrete a sticky residue while feeding and can be a nuisance to parked cars. The pesticide product used was Safari, with the active ingredient dinotefuran, part of a group of insecticides known as neonicotinoids, which are particularly harmful because they are systemic—absorbed and then spread throughout an entire plant. Bumble bees, honey bees and other pollinators are exposed to these insecticides through pollen and nectar when visiting plants. 
 
The tragedy, though, did more than just raise awareness; it became a catalyst for new precedents for protecting bees at the federal level. Better yet, communities and individuals have begun taking matters into their own hands to ensure the health of pollinators. 

 

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Ban ALL pesticides. we don't need them. Got an ant invasion in your home? Food grade diatomaceous earth will get rid of them and anything on your food plants as well. Please educate yourselves people, you are pawns in the eyes of Monsanto.

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