Celebrate Pollinator Week with a PSC donation and we'll match it! 

Every week is Pollinator Week at the Pollinator Stewardship Council.  With the whole country joining us for National Pollinator Week June 21-27th, we’re celebrating with a special donation match.

All donations made between now and June 27 will be matched, thanks to generous support from the PSC board.   

*up to $10k. 

Donate here and have your gift matched!

Our work is as important as ever

Research this month added to our understanding that the applied toxicity of insecticides to aquatic invertebrates and pollinators has increased considerably—in sharp contrast to the applied amount.  A take away for us- with the EPA pesticide registration process at its best, it is approving the use of chemistries that are toxic at levels that are orders of magnitude smaller than the EPA tests for.  On top of that, we have cases like dicamba, where senior EPA officials knowingly mishandled registration, breaking their own rules to reintroduce the formulations responsible for the ongoing devastation to forage and crops. 

A system that fails to protect our hives and ecosystems by orders of magnitude, that fails to protect from its own senior officials, is an unprotective system.  It's one that desperately needs change. We need your support to continue to bring our beekeeper expertise to advocate for that change.

Pesticides Harm Soil Ecosystems

We know that bee health is dependent on soil health; that’s one of the reasons we are honored to partner with Jonathan Lundgren and the Ecdysis Foundation, on projects like this letter from Dr. Lundgren regarding EPA’s registration of neonicotinoids. 

This month, The Friends of the Earth (FOE) and the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) published a comprehensive review of pesticides impact on soil invertebrates finding harm to beneficial invertebrates in 71% of cases.  “It shows that pesticides widely used in agriculture pose a grave threat to organisms that are critical to healthy soil, biodiversity, and soil carbon sequestration.”

Soil health is currently unconsidered in pesticide registrations. Honey bees are the terrestrial arthropod pesticides are tested on. Beekeepers are very familiar with the unprotective nature of these registrations - products like neonics are granted short-term registrations based on acute, short-term test results, leaving out the systematic, delayed acute mode of poisoning that makes up so much of what we’re struggling with in our hives.

How can testing that is failing to protect the species tested on be protective of other species with incredibly different biologies?  How can we expect this registration system to prevent harm to soil invertebrates when it can’t prevent harm to honey bees? 

As former PSC President Bret Adee puts it: "At present, EPA assesses risk to all soil organisms using the European honey bee as a surrogate species.  While it is critically important to have adequate acute risk assessment for honey bees, using honey bees as a proxy does not reflect the risk that other soil organisms (micro and invertebrate) are exposed to and does not address chronic effects on honeybees due to loss of soil microbiology.  The agency must adopt a more comprehensive risk assessment that adequately values ecological services of all beneficials.  A risk assessment based on the current knowledge of life systems must be adopted, protecting the environment and the food supply."

In May, we joined 66 other organizations to sign on to a rulemaking petition to EPA, authored by CBD and FOE, calling for just that.  View the letter and petition here.

PSC Outreach

Champion our work fighting the pesticide industry on behalf of managed and native pollinators with your donation! 

Celebrate Pollinator Week with a donation between now and June 27th and have it matched, up to $10,000, thanks to generous support from the PSC board.  

Donate here and have your gift matched!

We are honored to be in this work with you.  
Thank you.

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