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  • Win some, lose some for Minnesota bees | Honey Bee Haven
    the labeling law With these new changes if a plant contains bee harming pesticides at low levels it can still be labeled as bee friendly The new law zeroes in on acute toxicity ignoring the ways that chronic low level exposure to pesticides like neonicotinoids can impact colony health over time Backpedaling on good policy is disappointing to be sure but there s a silver lining sometimes ruffled industry feathers are a sign of progress being made Long term focus Though PAN and our partners were committed to protecting victories from last year we weren t satisfied with just playing defense We also worked with pollinator champions in the legislature to introduce an array of new bills that take proactive steps to safeguard pollinators One of PAN s main objectives Move the public conversation forward to raise awareness about the connection between pesticides and pollinator decline To this end we set out to find champions for bold legislation proposing a five year moratorium on the use of neonicotinoids in Minnesota And we did it Representatives David Bly DFL Northfield Phyllis Kahn DFL Minneapolis and John Persell Bemidji alongside Senators Matt Schmit DFL Red Wing and Kari Dziedzic DFL Minneapolis introduced a moratorium bill Other legislators introduced additional bills calling for increased funding for research on integrated pest management IPM practices and alternatives to neonicotinoids programs to create on farm pollinator habitat and restriction of neonicotinoid use on public lands None of these bills passed this session but they were exciting opportunities to build momentum around the state and call the question What will Minnesota decisionmakers do to save our state s pollinators In addition to raising the profile of the connection between bee declines and pesticides pollinator champions won a few other important victories Minnesota passed a bill ensuring that

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  • 5 things you can do to help bees this Pollinator Week | Honey Bee Haven
    including habitat loss and exposure to widely used pesticides like neonicotinoids neonics that weaken their immune systems scramble their ability to navigate and even kill them outright In order to grow the diversity of foods that many of us have come to enjoy including favorites like apples almonds blueberries and cherries we need pollinators All kinds of pollinators With honey bees dying off at a rate of a third or more each year this is very serious issue And a body of evidence points to neonics and other systemic pesticides playing a key role in this alarming trend Honey bees and other pollinators like wild bees birds and butterflies need our help 2 Take action to get neonics off the market Pesticide Action Network works in partnership with many other groups to address bee declines and there are many ways to get involved To start contact your Representative and ask for their support of the Saving America s Pollinators Act SAPA If passed this bill would pull bee toxic neonicotinoid pesticides from the market until their safety is proven a simple but significant step in addressing pesticides impact on declining bee populations Also you can help spread the word by joining for a Pollinator Week Twitter Chat on Wednesday June 17 At 5pm PT 8pm ET join bee advocates from across the country to help BuildTheBuzz for pollinators 3 Create a Honey Bee Haven in your yard In your backyard or on your balcony create a safe harbour for bees and other pollinators How do you create a Honey Bee Haven It s easy pledge to avoid using bee harming pesticides grown bee friendly plants so they have a variety of food and shelter and provide a year round clean source of water To learn more about creating a happy

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  • EPA, bees need more | Honey Bee Haven
    s so common sense that it was already written into EPA s policy many of the pesticides that are on the list already had label restrictions instructing applicators not to use them while bees are foraging The rule made one important substantive change closing a loophole that allowed for the use of neonicotinoids on blooming crops as long as beekeepers were given 48 hour notice that the application was coming Now neonics are off the table when bees are under contract But at the end of the day EPA has gotten a whole lot of kudos for re announcing label restrictions that were already in place The trouble with seed coatings Taking a look at agriculture in the Midwest where the most common crops don t rely on bees for pollination the loopholes in EPA s proposal start to look even more glaring The most common use of neonics is as a seed coating a layer of pesticide applied to the outside of a corn soybean cotton or canola seed before it goes into the ground Under EPA s new rule at least 100 million acres of corn and soybeans across the Midwest will continue to be pre treated with neonicotinoids regardless of whether bees are in the area or not EPA has gotten a whole lot of kudos for re announcing label restrictions that were already in place Why is this a problem First just because corn and soybean farmers don t contract with beekeepers for pollination services doesn t mean that bees aren t nearby when pesticides are applied Sixty five percent of the honey bees in the nation spend their summers in the Midwest which means they re exposed to pesticides used in corn and soybean production EPA s new rule won t do anything to restrict

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