Massachusetts Beekeepers: Support H.655 -MA Pollinator Protection Act

Tell Massachusetts legislators to protect bees by supporting H. 655 the Massachusetts Pollinator Protection Act,  and urging the Department of Agriculture to Adopt the Eight County President’s Beekeepers Pollinator Protection Plan Framework.

The first hearing was held NOV. 17th at the Massachusetts Statehouse for three Important Bee Bills and Massachusetts Beekeepers still need your help!

To protect bees in Massachusetts we need to Adopt the “Eight County President’s Beekeepers Pollinator Protection Plan Framework”,  Pass H. 655 which protects bees from pesticides, Reject H. 731 and Reject H. 3417 which open the door for the pesticide industry to control beekeeping in the state.

Massachusetts is poised to be a leader in protecting bees from toxic neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics). The legislature is considering a bill H.655 that would help save these crucial pollinators. We need your help to create a swarm to pass it!

Tell Massachusetts representatives to save Massachusetts bees and take action on bee-killing pesticides.

Here’s what’s happening: Awhile ago, the Department of Agricultural Resources drafted a plan to save bees, but it sought more input from the pesticide industry than beekeepers when creating the draft plan.  In the end, the plan did little to address neonics.

What are beekeepers in Massachusetts doing? Fighting back.

More than 3,000 beekeepers across the state created and submitted their own Pollinator Protection Plan and called it  the “Eight County President’s Pollinator Protection Plan Framework” .  This plan includes taking action on bee-killing pesticides. Now, we need your help to make sure the beekeepers’ plan, not Big Ag’s, is adopted!

TAKE ACTION: Tell Massachusetts legislators to protect bees by supporting the Massachusetts Pollinator Protection Act and urging the Department of Agriculture to Adopt the Eight County President’s Beekeepers Pollinator Protection Plan Framework.

The widespread and growing use of neonics is a leading driver of global bee declines, threatening our food supply and agricultural economy. Neonics are not just harming bees, but a host of other important beneficial organisms and species — from birds and bats to butterflies – that are vital for a healthy food supply and ecosystem.

While neonics are widely used in agriculture, their use in gardens, lawns and landscapes are an important contributing factor to bee declines. Passing bill H655 which restricts neonic use in Massachusetts and adopting the “Eight County President’s Beekeepers Pollinator Protect Plan Framework” would be a huge step forward for saving bees and our local food system!
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Take action now at this link: Tell Massachusetts legislators to help save bees and support the Pollinator Protection Act H655 and the Eight County President’s Beekeepers Pollinator Protection Plan!

 

*Pollinator Stewardship Council supports the actions of its members.  This action was created by Massachusetts Beekeepers Supporting The Eight County President’s Beekeepers Pollinator Protection Plan Framework.