One of three bites of food we eat including most fruits and vegetables are pollinated by honeybees. In 2012 the beekeepers of Thurston County experienced colony losses of 75-85%, far higher than ever. They strongly suspect the class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids. These have been banned or use severely restricted in 4 countries in the EU, which have seen honeybee colonies rebound once the bans were implemented. The beekeepers believe that use of these chemicals for ornamental use is misguided, harmful, unnecessary, and dangerous to honeybees and other pollinators.
- Don R. "Bud" Hover, Director
Washington State Department of Agriculture
- WSDA Assistant Director for Pesticide Regulation
I agree with The Olympia Beekeepers' Association and the Thurston County Commissioners that honeybee colony losses of 75-85% constitutes an emergency which threatens our food security. Please do everything in your power to implement the recommendations of the Thurston County Commissioners to limit sale, use, and distribution of neonicotinoid insecticides for ornamental use in Thurston County and Washington State.
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