Pollinator News Jan. 9, 2016
Beekeepers, Farmers, and Public Interest Groups Sue EPA over Failed Oversight of Neonicotinoid-coated Seeds
Center for Food Safety, on behalf of several beekeepers, farmers and sustainable agriculture and conservation groups, filed a lawsuit January 6th challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) inadequate regulation of the neonicotinoid insecticide seed coatings used on dozens of crops. EPA has allowed millions of pounds of coated seeds to be planted annually on more than 150 million acres nationwide. The lawsuit alleges the agency has illegally allowed this to occur, without requiring the coated seeds to be registered under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), without enforceable labels on the seed bags, and without adequate assessments of the serious ongoing environmental harm. READ MORE
Blue Dasher Farm: Research, Education, & Demonstration Farm
To solve the many problems the planet is facing, we need a transformational shift in how we produce food and manage agroecosystems. Your support is needed to create a metamorphosis in food production. READ MORE
Bee a leader in Pollinator Forage: GRO1000 Garden and Greenspace grant
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. The GRO1000 initiative, now in its sixth year, partners with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the Pollinator Stewardship Council, The Franklin Park Conservatory and others, to promote the availability of additional grants for gardens and green spaces throughout the country. READ MORE
A Locomotor Deficit Induced by Sublethal Doses of Pyrethroid and Neonicotinoid Insecticides in the Honeybee Apis mellifera, Mercédès Charreton1,2, Axel Decourtye2,3,4, Mickaël Henry1,2, Guy Rodet1,2, Jean Christophe Sandoz5 , Pierre Charnet6 , Claude Collet1,2*
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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. 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
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• Raise awareness about the adverse impact of pesticides on pollinators critical to the supply of food and the ecosystem.
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