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Will California save the bees?

on Thu, 10/24/2013 - 00:00

Last week I sat through a long hearing in the California legislature, all about bee declines. By the end, I was both excited and frustrated. As I noted in my closing comments at the hearing, California can and must take action to address the dramatic declines.

This is an important opportunity for the state to be a driver of good public policy nationally. And addressing the issue here in California will be good for our business — the benefits of bees to our agricultural economy are tremendous.

EPA bee-protective labels don't cut it

on Fri, 08/23/2013 - 21:17

EPA Beeware!

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new labels intended to better protect bees from neonicotinoid pesticides. While seemingly a move in the right direction — and explicit acknowledgement from the agency that neonics indeed pose a threat to bee populations — these labels fail to establish truly meaningful protections.

There is no clear path for enforcing EPA's new labels. And even if followed to the letter, the labels fail to address a primary route of exposure through pre-treated seeds.

"Bee-friendly" plants? Think again.

on Sat, 08/17/2013 - 04:21

Honey bees are up against a lot these days, no thanks to a lack of action from EPA. And new data released today adds to the growing list of concerns for pollinators: home garden plants that come pre-treated with bee-harming pesticides.

In a pilot study released today by the Pesticide Research Institute and Friends of the Earth, the groups tested plants from major home garden stores across the country, and found that more than half of the samples contained pesticides at levels shown to harm or kill bees.

This adds a new dimension to the broader picture of pesticides and bee health,

Buzz off, Monsanto

on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 00:00

Last week, the term “bee-washing” emerged in public conversation. It doesn’t refer to some new bee cleaning service, but to the insidious efforts of Monsanto and other pesticide corporations to discredit science about the impacts of pesticides on bees — especially neonicotinoids — by creating public relations tours, new research centers and new marketing strategies.

This week, pesticide makers are showcasing these tactics during National Pollinator Week with offers of free seed packets to people who take their poorly named “pollinator pledge.” The “bee-washing” term has gained traction as

How are you celebrating Pollinator Week?

on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 00:00

Happy Pollinator Week! Join PAN, Beyond Pesticides and Center for Food Safety this week as we celebrate the importance of bees, the vital pollinators responsible for one in three bites of food we eat. With beekeepers reporting record-breaking losses, and policymakers moving much too slowly to address known threats like neonicotinoid pesticides, bees need all the help they can get.

Join us in working to protect bees and other pollinators! And help spread the word across social media as we celebrate #PollinatorWeek.

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