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RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT THE PLIGHT OF THE HONEY BEE.

THAT’S THE GOAL OF A VISUAL DISPLAY AT SOME GROCERY STORES ON “NATIONAL HONEY BEE DAY”.

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ONE OF THOSE STORES IS “PEOPLES FOOD CO-OP” IN SOUTHEAST PORTLAND.

THAT’S WHERE THE GROUP CALLED “BEYOND TOXICS” IS TRYING TO EDUCATE SHOPPERS ABOUT DECLINING HONEY BEE POPULATIONS BY SHOWING HOW IMPORTANT THEY ARE TO OUR FOOD SUPPLY.

THIS COMES AFTER TENS OF THOUSANDS OF BEES WERE KILLED RECENTLY IN WILSONVILLE AND MORE IN HILLSBORO AFTER TREES WERE SPRAYED WITH THE PESTICIDE: “SAFARI”.

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(17:27 we’ve covered all the products in the produce department that depends on honey bee pollinators as a visual of how important these pollinators are to our food system .17:38)

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THAT INCLUDES MELONS, PEARS, APPLES AND CITRUS FRUITS…

THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TEMPORARILY BANNED THE INSECTICIDE WHILE IT INVESTIGATES THE BEE DEATHS FROM JUNE.

“BEYOND TOXICS” IS DOING AN ONLINE PETITION TO GET OREGON TO BAN IT PERMANENTLY.

CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUR INTRODUCED A BILL TO BAN IT NATIONWIDE.