Wednesday, November 5, 2014

U.S. sets up listening seesions on bee colony collapses

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will host two public listening sessions to solicit stakeholder input to assist the Pollinator Health Task Force in development of a federal strategy to protect honey bees and other pollinators. 

This contrasts with Canada and Ontario where the governments have gone behind closed doors and are consulting experts.

There's nothing wrong with consulting experts, but sometimes grassroots farmers have a good grasp on reality, not to mention common sense.

The U.S. task force is asking for input on the types of activities that could be part of the strategy, including public-private partnerships, research, educational opportunities, pollinator habitat improvements and pesticide risk mitigation.

On June 20, 2014, President Obama issued a directive to federal agencies to create a federal strategy to promote honey bee and other pollinator health.
The President’s directive created a Pollinator Health Task Force, co-chaired by EPA and USDA, and charged federal agencies with expanding efforts to take new steps to reverse pollinator losses and help restore populations to healthy levels. 

Feedback from the listening sessions will play an important role in the Task Force’s efforts to develop a federal strategy.

The first listening session is Nov. 12.