Save Oregon’s Bees

GardenersBewareReportCover-ThumbGardeners Beware 2014 Report
(download and read the report – PDF)

See the Gardeners Beware 2014 video from Friends of The Earth below…(Beyond Toxics was a participant in gathering plant samples)

Also, read Lisa Arkin’s latest blog, “Heartbreaking Day for Bees in Eugene during National Pollinator Week

What you can do to support the campaign:

1) Ask garden retailers in your community to stop selling neonicotinoids and plants pre-treated with the pesticides.

2) Practice bee-friendly gardening and create a pollinator-friendly habitat. (See “Cultivating Bee-Friendly Gardens” for details)

3) Contact your member of Congress and encourage them to support the Save America’s Pollinator’s Act.

The Save Oregon’s Bees Campaign

Pollinators are Vitally Important to Oregon
Pollinators are essential for Oregon’s vibrant agricultural sector, supporting over $600 million of insect-pollinated crops grown by Oregon farmers each year. Their crops include small fruits such as blueberries, marionberries, loganberries, and black raspberries; tree fruits such as apples, pears, and cherries; as well as watermelon and seed for crimson clover, red clover, and alfalfa. All of this farm production depends heavily on the pollination services of both European honey bees and native pollinators such as bumble bees. These bees also ensure that Oregon home gardeners can produce fruit, vegetables, and flowers.

Furthermore, pollinators play a central role in maintaining a healthy environment. Pollinators help 85% of plants to reproduce and they are responsible for the abundant nuts, seeds, and fruit that feed wildlife, from birds to bears.

Bee Kills Demonstrate the Need to Take Action
In Oregon, at least half a dozen neonicotinoid insecticide applications in the summers of 2013 and 2014 caused the death of nearly a 100,000 bumble bees representing hundreds of colonies. Poisoning incidents occurred in Beaverton, Eugene, Wilsonville and other cities. High-profile investigations by the Oregon Department of Agriculture implicated dinotefuran in two of the kills and a closely related pesticide, imidacloprid, in the others. These insecticides, along with clothianidin and thiamethoxam, are neonicotinoids, the most widely used group of insecticides in the world. They are highly toxic to honey bees, as well as many native pollinators, including bumble bees.

Compounding the risk, these four neonicotinoid insecticides are particularly long lasting. They can persist in plants up to six years after a single application, and have been found in soil up to two years after an application. They are also proving to be highly bio-persistent in water. This means they can continue to harm bees and other beneficial insects such as butterflies long after their initial use.


“Bees are as important to Oregon’s agricultural sector as water and the sun.”
- Alan Turanski, VP, GloryBee Foods


What YOU can do…
Please join our Save Oregon’s Bees Campaign. Our work to save bees is a grassroots-based, no-spray, statewide project. Now you can show your support by signing our pledge and become a friend of Save Oregon’s Bees…(see who has already pledged!)

TAKE ACTION TODAY to help Save Oregon’s Bees!

Beyond Toxics is dedicated to protecting public health and the environment from toxic pesticides. We do so by educating the public, working with local beekeepers, and advocating for change in policies and laws to protect bees. Your action and the actions of your neighbors today will set the standard for our government tomorrow.


Contribute

Get involved today to help save the honey bee from dangerous pesticides! (Photo by Roka Walsh)

Get involved today to help save Oregon’s bees from dangerous pesticides! (Photo by Roka Walsh)

There’s an important way to help our work to save Oregon’s bees! Become a member of Beyond Toxics TODAY!

After you click on the green button (below), simply choose “Save Oregon’s Bees” from the “I want my donation to be designated toward” drop-down option. We need and very much appreciate your support for this project!

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