From flowers to chocolate, berries to tequila, pollinators are integral to the planet, economy, and many aspects of our lives. In fact, the USDA estimates that about one in every three bites of food is either directly or indirectly made possible because of bee pollination. Both our environment and food supply are inextricably tied to the welfare of bees, making the decrease in bee population a cause for great alarm. Changes in climate and ecosystems are certainly at least partly responsible for the increase in colony collapses, though man may be playing a more direct role in die-offs than that. Neonicotinoids, a particular type of pesticide, have become increasingly common in the last decade and are suspected to be contributing to the decline in bee populations around the world. The die-off of 50,000 bees in Wilsonville, Oregon â roughly 300 nests - after the application of the neonicotinoid dinotefuran was a call to action. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is investigating the die-off and is temporarily restricting the use of 18 pesticide products containing dinotefuran, and the Environmental Protection Agency is currently reviewing the use of these chemicals. However, that review is not scheduled to be completed for another five years. Meanwhile, Europe has already moved forward with restrictions on the use of neonicotinoids We must act now. This week I introduced H.R. 2692 The Save America’s Pollinators Act with my friend Congressman John Conyers to suspend certain uses of neonicotinoids until the Environmental Protection Agency reviews these chemicals and makes a new determination about their proper application and safe use. This will increase pressure on the EPA to speed their review before another mass bee-die off can occur. Raising the public awareness of the integral role of pollinators to the world, the precarious state of their population, and what we can do to protect them is of the utmost importance. Iâll hope youâll join me as a citizen co-sponsor of this important legislation. Sincerely, Earl Blumenauer Member of Congress Learn more about the Save America’s Pollinators Act below: http://blumenauer.house.gov/images/stories/2013/Save_Americas_Pollinators_One_Pager.pdf
if you guys saw that post going around about the record numbers of bees dying off and the drastic consequences that might have for us as a species, and the whole planet, here is something you can actually DO about it!!
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I’m not a great pokemon fan, but god, this is MARVELLOUS *______*
((Super cool!!! Oddly familiar.))
What I love about this is that it shows that just as there are so many different kinds of Pokémon, there are just as many different kinds of people who can play it and enjoy it. E for Everyone, indeed.
I JUST PICKED UP THE PHONE BECAUSE MY SCHOOL WAS CALLING AND IT’S ALWAYS A RECORDING BUT IT WAS MY VICE PRINCIPAL’S VOICE TALKING ABOUT HOW SCHOOL STARTS TOMORROW AND I GRUNTED REALLY LOUD AND SCREAMED “NOOOOO” AND HE SAID “excuse me”