Take Action to Protect Bees
A new study by Friends of the Earth and Pesticide Research Institute has found that bee killing pesticides are present in 51% of "bee-friendly plants from garden centers across the United States and Canada. Ask your local plant nursery to stop using neonicotinoids on their plants. For a list of nurseries that have already committeed to not using neonicotinoides on their plants, a sign on letter to the CEO of Lowe's, a sign on letter asking Congress to support the Save America's Pollinators Act and other resources go to http://www.foe.org/beeaction.
Residential Honey Beekeeping Petition
To be delivered to The Oregon State House, The Oregon State Senate, Governor Kate Brown, The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama
Residential honey beekeeping should fall under state, not city, jurisdiction to end discrimination occurring at the city level. Management oversight should reside with the state's Beekeepers Association.
There are currently 4,240 signatures. NEW goal - We need 5,000 signatures!
Honeybees are vital to our food supply, representing 70% of the pollination activity. Honeybees are in serious decline. Changing residential honey beekeeeping to state jurisdiction will remove existing discrimination at the city level, which is prohibiting and limiting beekeeping. It will enable standardized rules to be implemented and will contribute to better management oversight. This is a necessary step in the fight to save our bees.
In the News
- By Friends of the Earth and the Pesticide Research Institute, posted on www.saveoregonbees.org.
- By Sustainable Business News, posted on the www.greenbiz.com blog, 07/14/14
- Posted by Lynn Wilson, www.thenatureofcities.com, 04/23/14
-Joseph Gallivan, The Portland Tribune, 03/13/14
-Jim Robbins, The New York Times, 11/22/13
- Ed Langlois, Catholic Sentinel, 6/7/12