Way To Be(e), Eugene!


According to Beyond Pesticides, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., the City of Eugene, Oregon became the first community in the nation to specifically ban from city property the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which have scientifically linked to the decline of honey bee colonies. The passage of the resolution came just one week after the Oregon state legislature passed a pollinator protection bill that removed language requiring the restriction of neonicotinoid pesticides, and includes instead a weaker requirement to set up a task force that will examine the possibility of future restrictions.

Several bee-kill incidents occurred in Oregon last summer, including one that killed more than 50,000 bumblebees after a licensed pesticide applicator sprayed blooming linden trees, a violation of the pesticide label.

After a preliminary investigation, the Oregon Department of Agriculture confirmed that the massive bee die-off was caused by the use of the neonicotinoid insecticide, dinotefuran. But the incident only resulted in a small fine of under $3,000, just 6 cents per bee, infuriating beekeepers, environmentalists, and advocates, but spurring legislative action.

Gloria McFall
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  1. Gary Jarvis
    Gary Jarvis says:

    Good for Eugene in requiring something that should be a no-brainer. Sad that at this late date, it is the first and only community in the entire country to do so. Sadder still is that the Oregon legislature (which likes to see itself as forward-thinking and allegedly progressive) obviously does just as the federal government does in regard to its obvious deference to chemical companies and other corporations. Why else would they remove “restrictions on the use of neonicotinoids” from the lawbooks in favor of “studies”, while using ‘opposite speech’ in calling it a “pollinator protection bill”? Thank You Eugene!!! Anyone else ready to step up???

    Gary Jarvis
    Sweet Home


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