Written by Alisha “Bee” Forrester Scott
Founder, Pollinator Support Movement
It is with pleasure that I thank each of the 1001 other online community members of Pollinator Support Movement (PSM) for their ongoing support of pollinators and their spirit of community action. On Monday, August 12, after 13 months of dedicated promotion by many, the PSM page at Facebook reached the 1000 Likes milestone. The next official FB goal is 1111 Likes.
To celebrate this milestone, I am re-posting a new plea from The Xerces Society that I received this morning by E-Mail, entitled “Act Now to Save Bees: Support the Saving America’s Pollinator Act”. Kindly consider reviewing this information and get involved by clicking on the links contained in the plea.
❤ Bees and Bee-ple. ❤
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ACT NOW TO SAVE BEES
Support the Saving America’s Pollinator Act, from The Xerces Society
Eight weeks ago, a drama unfurled in a Portland suburb. Thousands of dead and dying bumble bees carpeted the tarmac below linden trees that lined the parking lot of a big-box store. Linden are a known bee magnet and sometimes the nectar is toxic — but could this many dead bees be a natural phenomenon?
Investigators from the Oregon Department of Agriculture provided the answer: No. Lab tests demonstrated that the deaths were caused by dinotefuran, an insecticide applied to the trees to control aphids, whose honeydew was dripping on cars below. Dinotefuran is a neonicotinoid, the most widely used group of insecticides and ones that are implicated in bee die-offs the world over. An estimated 50,000 bumble bees died on those trees.
Much progress to prevent future bee kills has been made in the weeks following this tragedy. The ODA has declared a 180-day ban on the use of dinotefuran in Oregon. Some independent garden centers have removed neonicotinoids from their shelves, an action initiated by Portland’s Garden Fever store. And the Saving America’s Pollinators Act has been introduced into the U.S. Congress.
The Saving America’s Pollinators Act (H.R. 2692) suspends certain uses of neonicotinoids, providing a time-out for these insecticides until the EPA can determine if they are safe to use on crops that are visited by bees. Xerces scientists helped write the act, which was introduced into Congress on July 16 by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and John Conyers (D-Mich.).
Most neonicotinoids were banned in Europe this spring. It’s time for America to do the same thing — but we need your help to make the act the law. If you haven’t yet added your voice to the growing clamor for change, do it now.
- Contact your member of Congress to urge him or her to support the Saving America’s Pollinators Act. Find out how to contact your representative here.
- Show Representatives Blumenauer and Conyers that they have your support by signing the petition on Credo.
You can also take direct action to reduce the threat from neonicotinoids: Check your own garage or garden shed for neonicotinoid products, and stop using them. For more information, see the brochure “Protecting Bees from Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Your Garden” and the recent Wings article “Neonicotinoids in Your Garden.” Both are available at www.xerces.org/pesticides.