The mission of the Pollinator Stewardship Council is to defend managed and native pollinators vital to a sustainable and affordable food supply from the adverse impacts of pesticides. As pollination is required for one-third of the nation’s food supply, we strive to accomplish our mission through the following activities:
- Affect regulatory processes of pesticide risk assessment, label, and enforcement.
- Provide advocacy, guidance and tools to document the detrimental effect of pesticides on pollinators.
- Raise awareness about the adverse impact of pesticides on pollinators critical to the supply of food and the ecosystem.
The Pollinator Stewardship Council believes that pollinators are an important part of agricultural and other ecosystems that should be protected from harm caused by pesticide use. Within this context, we also believe that farmers should be able to protect their crops from pests and use pesticides to do so. Coexistence of farming with pollinators is key to the survival of a vibrant agricultural economy.
Our work is guided by the belief that pesticides should be regulated by US EPA in a way that prevents harm to managed and native pollinators, by ensuring that pesticide labels effectively prevent poisonings, pesticide applicators are well-informed and trained in pest control methods that prevent pollinator poisoning incidents, and State Lead Agencies take full responsibility for their enforcement duties.
When pollinator poisoning incidents do occur, we believe that the State Lead Agencies charged with enforcing the law should act expeditiously to fully investigate each incident, document the incident in a traceable manner, file a comprehensive report of the incident with US EPA, and take corrective action to avert future poisoning incidents.
Pollinator Stewardship Council’s general policy is not to sue individual land owners or applicators, but rather to use legal strategies to influence federal policies that regulate pesticide applications. The ONLY way to correct an errant EPA decision they choose not to re-evaluate is by filing a Legal Petition through the Federal Appeals Court. The Pollinator Stewardship Council would utilize the same legal avenue used by other agricultural commodity groups. The legal system requires actions such as petitions and appeals be filed by individuals, industry groups, and others who feel their concerns are not being satisfactorily addressed in relation to federal regulations.
Because the law governing pesticide use—the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)—can only be addressed via the petition process, Pollinator Stewardship Council will NOT receive any monetary recoveries from the legal actions we may intiatate. This is why your generous donation is crucial to the effectiveness of our efforts.
The Pollinator Stewardship Council is an organization conceived by the American Honey Producers Association (AHPA). Members from AHPA and ABF (American Beekeeping Federation) serve on our Board of Directors. The Pollinator Stewardship Council provides support to beekeepers and pollinators by ensuring enforcement of pesticide laws and regulations and providing guidance and tools to defend pollinators. We work to raise awareness about potential adverse impact of pesticides on pollinators important to the supply of food.
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Pollinator Stewardship Council, Inc.
1624 Idlewood Ave., Akron, OH 44313