Bee deaths prompt emergency pesticide restrictions

Tracy Loew, Statesman Journal The Oregon Department of Agriculture has banned the application of two pesticides to linden trees following multiple incidents of bee deaths this summer. Neither professional applicators nor homeowners may spray lindens or other tilia species with pesticides containing imidacloprid or dinotefuran, two neoniconitoid ingredients that can harm bees. The rule takes […]

Your bee-friendly garden may be killing pollinators

By Tracy Loew, Statesman Journal Many “bee-friendly” home garden plants sold at major retailers have been treated with pesticides shown to harm and kill bees, a study being released today shows. Eugene was among 18 cities across the U.S. and Canada where plants were purchased at stores including Lowe’s, Home Depot and Walmart, then tested […]

Senate OKs bill to boost pesticide alternatives on state-owned lands

Senate OKs bill to boost pesticide alternatives on state-owned lands Written by Peter Wong, Salem Statesman Journal   Water samples are collected to monitor pesticide levels. The Senate has approved a bill that would coordinate efforts to reduce the use of pesticides on state-owned lands. / Statesman Journal file Gov. John Kitzhaber is the final […]

Another step to minimize pesticide use – report on March 8th press conference

Another step to minimize pesticide use Posted March 8th, 2013 by Peter Wong, Salem Statesman-Journal NOTE: Updated with figures supplied by Rep. Keny-Guyer on environmentally-related diseases. A bill introduced in the Oregon Legislature would require state agencies to minimize their use of pesticides, coordinate their efforts and find alternatives for state-owned lands. The chief sponsor […]

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