Killing Beneficial Bugs

Written by Alisha M. Forrester Scott  |  Alisha is a writer, artist, and social entrepreneur. 

Click here to view the original post at Alisha’s Blog.

My latest creative obsession (in a good way) is to make digital posters for online distribution out of images that I take. These posters contain thoughts and beliefs that describe my opinions and perspectives. In the last two days, I have released two posters promoting the message: “Ban Neonics”. My personal creative goal is to create a poster a day to help save the bees. So, what follows is my offering for today… hot off the PhotoShop press.

I have named this poster: “Killing Beneficial Bugs”. If you’d like to hire me to create a poster for your cause, please E-Mail me at alishatheexplorer@gmail.com. My fee is $150 per poster — you provide the high-resolution image and words. And, to show my true concern for the pollinators, I will donate half of my fee to support the projects produced by Pollinator Support Movement (PSM), and list your name as a supporter (and poster design!) in an article on the PSM website.

"Killing Benefitcial Bugs" poster design by Alisha M. Forrester Scott

“Killing Benefitcial Bugs” poster design by Alisha M. Forrester Scott

 

Neonics is short for Neonicotinoids (yes, like Nicotine). Neonicotinoids are a synthetic neuro toxic current used MOST EVERYWHERE that crops and bugs are. Now, whether of now you are a “bug person”, it would only take you a couple of seconds to search online and figure out that, without bugs, you would die. Go ahead, research it. Frankly, the bugs that we NEED to be saving (as a global community) are food pollinators. There are a good handful of food crop pollinators that are dying FAST because of synthetic herbicides, insecticides, and pesticides. Either, we get our shit together and learn how to keep food pollinators alive, or, we face a few terrible consequences.

What kind of consequences? First, a majority of the vegetables, spices, nuts, and fruits that you enjoy purchasing in the store will NOT be widely available (or, at all). Why? Because the beneficial bugs (pollinators!) that are dying from the Neonicotinoids usage weren’t able to pollinate the produce and food that you want to buy. Next, natural and landscaped gardens all over the planet will fail; and Spring will cease to occur. And then, our bodies aren’t able to fight-off disease. Why? Well, because the foods that pollinators provide for us are the same foods that prevent our bodies from rapidly aging and decomposing.

My point: please join Pollinator Support Movement (PSM) — it’s FREE — and learn about how you can help to stop the sales and usage of toxic chemicals like Neonics. Thank You for reading and for your continued support.

Click here to see all of my recent “Ban Neonics” posters at my Behance portfolio.

Click here and here for related posts about posters.

Newsflash Poster

Written by Alisha “Bee” Forrester Scott  |  Alisha is a writer, social activist, and founder of Pollinator Support Movement PSM.

This has been a busy bee kind of week! Don Bee is still hard at work, getting enough signatures from Berkeley, CA, resident voters. If he succeeds, his ballot initiative to ban neonics in Berkeley goes to a vote this year! If he is short of signatures, he would keep working to gather signatures, and his proposed ballot measure would be voted on in 2016. Of course, I hope that Don gets enough signatures! If you are in the Berkeley, CA, or San Francisco Bay Area and want to help Don “Bee” somehow, please E-Mail to PSM at: doyoulikefood@gmail.com.

Personally, I think that one of my new favorite ways to unwind is to create a save the bees poster. In the poster shown below, notice the “fence” image? Well, I took that earlier today in Sedona, AZ. Tonight, I created the poster design. I realize that both my font and color choices are all over the board, but I was going for creative (no pressure!). Enjoy and please re-post the poster! ❤

Click here if you haven’t already joined Pollinator Support Movement (PSM). Thank You, and we really need to band together so that the planet’s bees and other important pollinators don’t go extinct!

Designed by Alisha Bee Copyright Pollinator Support Movement

“Newsflash Poster” Design by Alisha Bee Copyright 2014 Pollinator Support Movement

What is a Neonic?!

Written by Alisha “Bee” Forrester Scott  |  Alisha is a writer, artist, and social entrepreneur. 

neonics REFORM" poster © 2014

neonics REFORM” poster © 2014

 

It’s really dangerous to be a bee

“I’ve heard that bees are dying.  Why are bees dying?  Do we know why?  I’ve heard that mites and cell phones are the cause.”

Yes.  Scientists do know.  

The biggest manmade reason that pollinators like bees are dying is a chemical class called Neonicotinoids or “neonics”.

Stop Using Neonicotinoids

Can you even imagine no vegetables, spices, nuts, and fruits?

For bees and other pollinators, chemical insecticide products used in homes and crops all over the globe cause a variety of neurological (brain!) conditions which result in unnecessary death.  Honey bees, specifically, are dying faster than they can repopulate. Humans all over the planet must quickly take action in order to prevent unimaginable catastrophe.

About Neonicotinoids

Here are some facts about the chemicals, called Neonicotinoids (think Nicotine!), that are used worldwide on farms and in homes:

  • Very persistent in soil and water soluble.
  • Systemic pesticides applied at the root (as seed coating or drench) and then taken up through the plant’s vascular system to be expressed in pollen, nectar and guttation droplets (like dew) from which bees then forage and drink.
  • Systemics on food cannot be washed off.
  • Nicotine-like, neurotoxic insecticides that bind to nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in insects’ brains.
  • Bees have a particular genetic vulnerability to these & other pesticides because they have more of these receptors, as well as more learning and memory genes, and fewer genes for detoxification.
  • Widely used on more than 140 crop varieties, as well as on termites, flea treatments, lawns and gardens.
  • Fastest-growing class of synthetic pesticides in history.
  • Imidacloprid is Bayer’s top-selling Neonicotinoid chemical; used to treat fleas on pets.

Click here to learn about the planet’s most common offending chemicals; found in your homes, offices, and on your pets.

Source:  http://www.panna.org/current-campaigns/bees

* Psst!  Monsanto is involved with organic product labeling.

Click here to read more about the challenges of current commercial organic food labeling organization and policy.

Berkeley CA Ballot Report

Written by Alisha “Bee” Forrester Scott  |  Alisha is a writer and social activist, and the 2012 Founder of Pollinator Support Movement PSM. 

Perhaps you already read about Don “Bee”, and his contribution to the community and pollinators of Berkeley, California? Don, whose real name is Donald Hughes, has been working daily to get enough signatures on a proposed ballot measure that would seriously restrict and in some cases ban the neonicotinoid pesticide chemicals that are shown throughout the world to be destroying bees, and pollinators of all types.

You could say that Don “Bee” is the Bay Area PSM Collective chapter president. Recently, I added Don Bee to the list of approved authors for the PSM website (pollinatorsupportmovement.com), and have invited him to post about his work and daily experiences. (You know, just in case I can’t cover it as quickly as he needs help with.)

To reach Don directly, or to offer help, E-Mail to: kamiyodojo.ca@gmail.com

If you would like to sign-up to be a part of the bee-saving collective known as Pollinator Support Movement, please click here.

Collecting signatures is energy-consuming work in Berkeley, CA

Collecting signatures at a farmers market is energy-consuming work in Berkeley, CA. Don is wearing his signature bee costume. He’s been known not to leave home without it.

The deadlines for signatures collection was originally May 5, 2014 (yesterday). But, Don says that the Berkeley City Council is supposed to be meeting soon, and discuss whether or not to allow Don’s proposed initiative more time to collect signatures.

When asked about his work, Don says: “Whether we get the deadline extended or not, we will still keep gathering signatures for the next election. We will pressure politicians and persuade people. We will not stop until neonicotinoid pesticides are banned.” 

Click here to submit an article that you think should go on the PSM website or FB page.

One of Don's original PSM community education flyers © 2012 Pollinator Support Movement

One of Don’s original yellow-colored PSM community education flyers © 2012 Pollinator Support Movement

More About Don

To properly say THANK YOU to Don for his incredible community work, I’d like to praise some of his other talents and projects. What I like about Don, personally, are his abilities to draw, and to talk to people into being peaceful. When I was living in the Bay Area, and attempting to launch Pollinator Support Movement in October of 2012, Don was THE FIRST PERSON that stepped-up to help. PSM is forever indebted to Don’s community organization and public speaking abilities.

Did you know that Don has OTHER names, too? It’s true! As an established black belt and instructor in Ninpo Taijutsu, Don is also known as Sensei. And, when he is performing in public as an entertainer, he is known as Dragon Master (“the world’s first Choose Your Own Adventure (series) rock and roll artist”). If you are in the East Bay area of San Francisco, CA, look Don up!

Don Bee with a beard in 2012 © 2014 Pollinator Support Movement

Don Bee with a beard in 2012 © 2014 Pollinator Support Movement

Contact Donald Hughes

Today’s PSM website stats

  • TOTAL READERS: 6,366
  • TOTAL FOLLOWERS: 854

Inviting Your Personal-Business

Written by Alisha M. Forrester Scott  |  Founder of Pollinator Support Movement PSM

I am a social activist for the cause of saving and restoring bees and the food supply chain. I am a writer, artist, and entrepreneur with a large network of artist-run creative and professional businesses that have agreed to a collective project to save the bees. We are in the midst of linking assets, in order to launch a public art and educational collective. We will focus on creative storytelling, and sustainable educational systems development. I would like to talk more with other professional services providers about part of a possible crowd funding project. If you’re interested, please contact me at alishatheexplorer.com, or by my E-Mail to doyoulikefood@gmail.com.

Thank You & Sincerely,

Alisha “Bee”

 

Click here to see my creative portfolio at Behance.

Oak Creek in Sedona

Oak Creek in Sedona