Clark Farm is sponsoring a Presentation and Conversation with Friends of the Earth’s, Tiffany Finck-Haynes and Norfolk County Beekeepers Association’s, Ed Szymanski about how toxic pesticides, among other things, are contributing to the decline of bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
Tiffany will give an overview of the challenges that pollinators are facing. Bees are responsible for one in three bites of food we eat, but they’re dying at alarming rates. A growing body of science has found the world’s most widely-used insecticides, neonicotinoids (neonics) are a leading driver of their decline. Friends of the Earth has, and continues to, eliminate the use of these bee killing pesticides by successfully urging top retailers like Lowes, Home Depot, and Whole Foods to remove plants treated with neonics from their shelves. Ed will address what the individual can do to plant specific that will support pollinators.
In addition, Friends of the Earth is working with Massachusetts beekeepers and other allies across the state to pass H.4187-An Act Protecting Massachusetts Pollinators, which would restrict the use of neonicotinoids to certified applicators and urge the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) to adopt a Pollinator Protection Plan Framework. The Act is supported by more than 3,000 beekeepers across the state. Please join us in learning about this interesting and timely issue.
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