Presidential Memorandum creating a Federal strategy to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators


Here’s a link to the detailed version.

Thanks, Mike

9 thoughts on “Presidential Memorandum creating a Federal strategy to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators

    • Press release says:

      (12/21/15) “Wild bee decline threatens US crop production : Following Obama’s call for pollinator assessment, first-ever national bee map shows much farmland at risk” “The first national study to map U.S. wild bees suggests they’re disappearing in many of the country’s most important farmlands–including California’s Central Valley, the Midwest’s corn belt, and the Mississippi River valley.
      If losses of these crucial pollinators continue, the new nationwide assessment indicates that farmers will face increasing costs–and that the problem may even destabilize the nation’s crop production.
      The findings were published December 21 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”

  1. Update says:

    “The Head-Scratching Case of the Vanishing Bees” (NYT) “Two decades ago, the United States had more than three million colonies; now it is down to an estimated 2.4 million, the Agriculture Department says. And more bees seem to be dying — from all causes, not just colony collapse — in the normal course of what are referred to as the “winter loss” and the “fall dwindle.” Where annual bee losses were once in the range of 5 percent to 10 percent, they are now more on the order of 30 percent. The fear is that this dying-off is too great for the country’s ever-expanding agricultural needs.”

  2. Lucrezia says:

    “Canadian beekeepers sue Bayer and Syngenta over neonicotinoid pesticides” The lawsuit alleges that Bayer Cropscience Inc. and Syngenta Canada Inc. and their parent companies were negligent in their design, manufacture, sale and distribution of neonicotinoid pesticides, specifically those containing imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiomethoxam …which were found in 70% of dead bees tested by Health Canada in 2013.

  3. Apiarist says:

    (11/3/14) Feeding honey bees a natural diet of pollen makes them significantly more resistant to pesticides than feeding them an artificial diet, according to a team of researchers, who also found that pesticide exposure causes changes in expression of genes that are sensitive to diet and nutrition.
    “This is the first time such a strong link between pesticide exposure and diet has been demonstrated at the molecular level, and the first time the effects of artificial versus natural diets have been explored in terms of resistance to pesticides. Diet and nutrition can greatly impact the ability of bees to resist pesticides, and likely other stressors. However, agriculture and urbanization have reduced the amounts and diversity of flowering plants available to bees, which likely nutritionally stresses them and makes them more sensitive to these other stressors. If we can figure out which diets and which flowering plants are nutritionally optimal for honey bees, we can help bees help themselves.” Christina Grozinger, professor of entomology and director of the Center for Pollinator Research, Penn State.

  4. Burt says:

    US Details New Efforts to Support Ailing Bees “The White House on Tuesday outlined its strategy to restore the nation’s struggling honeybee and monarch butterfly populations to some semblance of health, mostly by expanding the acreage devoted to the wildflowers and milkweed that are crucial to their survival. The strategy, devised by a group President Obama appointed last June — which he called the Pollinator Health Task Force — envisions adding or improving wildflower habitat on seven million acres of land, an area slightly larger than Maryland, by 2020. That effort would focus on the central United States, where about two-thirds of the nation’s managed honeybee colonies spend the summer and where monarchs conduct their annual migrations to and from Mexico. It would include encouraging schools to plant pollinator gardens and turning land around Interstate 35, which runs from Duluth, Minn., to the Mexico border at Laredo, Tex., into a continuous wildflower buffet for migrating monarchs and other pollinating creatures.” Includes link to “”National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators.”

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