Pollinator News Dec. 25, 2015
What Could Your Community Do With a GRO1000 Garden and Greenspace grant?
Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are nature’s unsung heroes, critical to the sustainability of one-third of the planet’s food supply and the health of millions of flower gardens. In an effort to help combat the loss of pollinator habitats in recent years, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company supports The “Pollinator Promise.” This is a fund to establish at least 50 pollinator gardens throughout the United States in 2016, as part of the company’s GRO1000 community gardening initiative. READ MORE
Massachusetts Beekeeper’s MP3-update
193 Massachusetts beekeepers have sent 4,206 emails to their legislators and Committee members in support of the Beekeeper’s Pollinator Plan through our advocacy software available to members of the Pollinator Stewardship Council. Massachusetts beekeepers can still email their legislators READ MORE
“Acaricide, Fungicide and Drug Interactions in Honey Bees (Apis mellifera)” READ THE ABSTRACT
Managed Pollinator Protection Plan Symposium
The Honey Bee Health Coalition is partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture to convene a symposium that brings key Managed Pollinator Protection Plan (MP3) stakeholders together for dialogue and sharing learnings for achieving a well-supported MP3 in each of the states. This Symposium will present best practices to develop a state or tribal Pollinator Protection Plan. READ MORE
Bringing Scientific Support to Biodiverse Food Production
Support a metamorphosis in food production. Blue Dasher Farm will be the first of a network of research, education, and demonstration farms to bring scientific support to biodiverse food production. To solve the many problems the planet is facing, we need a transformational shift in how we produce food and manage agroecosystems. READ MORE
First-Ever National Wild Bee Map Shows Major Decline in Crucial Agricultural Regions
“A team of researchers at the University of Vermont (UVM) created the first national study, which mapped wild bee populations. Their findings, which were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, confirm that native pollinators are in major decline in crucial agricultural regions of the U.S. They estimate that between 2008 and 2013, wild bee abundance declined in 23 percent of the contiguous U.S.” READ MORE
“In the 1970’s, the USDA apiculturist S.E. McGregor warned farmers that no amount of technology could replace the critical role of bees in pollinating the nation’s crops. There are more than three thousand plants giving food to humans, McGregor wrote, but only three hundred are grown widely. Of these, no more than a dozen (grains such as rice, wheat, corn sorghum, millet, rye, and barley) are responsible for 90 percent of the world’s food. All of these are pollinated by the wind and insects. Oilseeds (coconuts, cotton, oil palms, olives, peanuts, rape, soybeans, and sunflowers) give humans more than 50 percent of the fats and oils in their fats and oils in their diets. Insects pollinate many of these useful crops. All told, a third of our diet is directly or indirectly dependent upon insect-pollinated plants, McGregor wrote. Farmers he said, should never forget that “no cultural practice will cause fruit or seed to set if its pollination is neglected.” Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA, E.G. Vallianatos, 2014, pg. 89
Just 2 days left to help us win $25K; You could win $2500!
With your support we too can receive a gift from ebay!
Help us win $25,000 and you could win a $2,500 eBay shopping spree!
The charity that receives the most “Favorites” on eBay by December 27 will win a $25,000 grant from eBay! READ MORE
Seeds for spring flowers for honey bees!
With the warm weather in the east you can still plant for spring. Pollinator Stewardship Council has partnered with Ohio Prairie Nursery in support of pollinator habitat. You can get native seeds for all U.S. planting zones here. READ MORE
Join Us! Become A Member Today!
The Pollinator Stewardship Council helps to translate needs into action; and actions into strategies. We take action to help the beekeeper’s voice be heard through our advocacy software. We connect beekeepers and others with federal and state legislation or regulatory actions to help protect honey bees and beekeeping. We work for beekeepers, such as the collaborative effort to successfully repeal the registration of sulfoxaflor, as well as support beekeepers concerning State Pollinator Protection Plans. Support our work for you! Become a member today!
Pollinator Stewardship Council
P.O. Box 304, Perkinston, MS 39573
We are also on
Beekeepers Working for Beekeepers
The Board and Program Director are all beekeepers.
We work to:
• Raise awareness about the adverse impact of pesticides on pollinators critical to the supply of food and the ecosystem.
• Provide advocacy, guidance, and tools to document the detrimental effect of pesticides on pollinators.
• Affect regulatory processes of pesticide risk assessment, label, and enforcement.
We are member supported!