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.

It Should Bee Easier

Originally posted on Feb 10 2014 at Alisha’s Blog.

“It’s dangerous to be a bee.”  “Do You Like Food? No Bees, No Food!”  Pollinator Support Movement

Dying bee in Oakland CA © 2013 Alisha Forrester Scott
A dying bee in Oakland CA © 2014 Alisha Forrester Scott

Written by Alisha M. Forrester Scott 

My dear friend, Don “Bee”, is a real life superhero.  Don Hughes, also known as “Dragon Master” and Sensei, is a very talented, entertaining, and intelligent person.  When I first met Don, I was living in Oakland, California.  I had just had some very interesting experiences involving bees, and I was newly and acutely aware that there was something terrible happening to them.

Very recently, Don E-Mailed me something truly hopeful and spiritually exciting.  The subject line of Don’s E-Mail read: “My law I made up.”  Have you ever read the makings of a proposed law banning the sales and usage of the chemicals that are killing food and garden pollinators?  Well, that’s exactly what Don sent me.

“Known in the Bay Area CA as Dragon Master, performance artist and activist Don “Bee” Hughes has agreed to design the cover art for the upcoming PSM educational DVD release, “Bee-Friendly: BeeSWeek 2013″.  I had the sincere pleasure of working with Don in 2012 to produce 11-weeks of “Weekly Wednesday Peaceful Protests” in Berkeley CA.  Don “Bee” is a multi-talented artist who created many of the popular handmade flyers and signs for PSM.”  Click here to read more from this blog post.

Don has been a busy bee, researching and thoughtfully crafting his version of Oregon’s “Restrictions on Use or Application of Specific Pesticides OAR 603-057-0386”.  Don recently received permission to begin circulating a petition to make banning all of neonicotinoids (pesticides) a Berkeley ballot measure.  By May 8th, 2,700 signatures will be gathered.  Once gathered, these signatures will make it possible for Don’s petition to go on the ballot for a vote.

Don Bee at PSM's Oct 2012 Official Launch © 2013
Don Bee at PSM’s Oct 2012 Official Launch © 2014

Click here to read the incredible scientific report called, “Pesticides and Honey Bees” at the Pesticide Action Network website.

The work being done by Don Hughes on behalf of all of us who love bees and northern California is REALLY, VERY, TOTALLY great news.  Especially, for Berkeley.  The work that he is doing is an excellent example of the types of community actions that will become commonplace and absolutely necessary, as more and more United States citizens realize the detriment and extent of Bayer and Monsanto’s bio-engineering practices.

“Don Hughes Sensei is Young Sensei’s most senior student, and is responsible for the California Dojo.  He is a Shodan (black belt) in the Genbukan.   He has been studying in the Genbukan since the 1997, and has been teaching adults and children martial arts for over four years.  Donald graduated Weber State University with a Bachelors of Science in History and minors in Psychology, Anthropology and Philosophy. He has recently completed his Masters of Chinese Medicine and practices Chinese medicine based healing.  Before that, he was a teacher in the Richmond, California public school system.” Click here for original post.

Click here to read about how the intersecting topics of bees, neonicotinoid pesticides, and your food at the Pollinator Support Movement website.

Visiting Don and Distributing His Petition

It is my intention to join Don “Bee” this spring — prior to the early May submission deadline — to help him gather the signatures that he requires.  My guess is that it will very much bee like old times, but with a new, more hopeful twist.

© Don Bee and Alisha Bee in Berkeley CA 2012
2014 © Don Bee and Alisha Bee in Berkeley CA 2012

Below is a copy of the verbiage that will appear on the petitions that Don is gathering signatures on.

1) Use and/or sale of all products containing any of the following ingredients: acetamiprid, clothianidin, imidacloprid, sulfoxaflor, nitenpyram, nithiazine, thiacloprid and thiamethoxam, hereafter to be referred to as neonicotinoids is restricted.  This includes:

1) Application of neonicotinoids, by any means, to plants and/or seeds. This includes but is not limited to applications in landscape trees and shrubs, nursery and greenhouse plants, turf grass, forests and agricultural crops.

2) Sale of any plants and/or seeds containing neonicotinoids.

3) Planting of neonicotinoid treated plants.

4) Spraying or otherwise applying neonicotinoids in order to kill insects.

2) Failure to comply with section 1 above will be considered a class A misdemeanor, carrying a $1,000 fine per instance of noncompliance.

Contact Don Hughes

Click here to visit Don’s martial arts website.

Click here to read more about Don’s martial arts classes in Oakland, CA.

Don’s E-Mail: kamiyodojo.ca@gmail.com

Thank You, Don Bee

I Love You, Don Bee!  ❤  Thank You for all of your dedication to the cause of saving and restoring bees and the food supply chain.  The Community will be very appreciative of your efforts when they find out just how important they are.

Meet Ziaa “Bee”

Written by Alisha M. Forrester Scott

Meet Ziaa “Bee”.  In 2011, when I moved to Oakland, California, I was very fortunate to meet Ziaa.  She is multi-talented with an incredible life story, and was my neighbor and confidant.  Ziaa was a daily source of support as I worked on my public awareness “Bee Friendly Weekly Wednesday Peaceful Protests” in Berkeley.  She shares my interest in promoting public bees awareness, and helped me to create the “Do You Like Food? No Bees, No Food!” propaganda for Pollinator Support Movement’s official October 2012 launch.

Recently, Ziaa sent me an image of her wearing a bee costume that she found in her community’s “Free Zone”.

Ziaa shares:

“The Free Zone is out side our door now, so I keep it up and I am first to get/ see the goodies!!!!  Well the Bee outfit was just there and our new room mate told me to put it on and she’d take a pic.”

Thank You, Ziaa, for your support and for sending over the great image.

Do you have an image that you’d like to share and see posted at Pollinator Support Movement?  If so, E-Mail to doyoulikefood@gmail.com!

Ziaa Bee in Oakland CA

Ziaa “Bee” in Oakland CA