To: Katy Coba, Director Oregon Department of Agriculture

Ban neonicotinoid pesticides in Oregon.

Ban neonicotinoid pesticides in Oregon.

We urge the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) to declare an immediate ban on all neonicotinoid insecticides: imidacloprid, clothianidin, thiamethoxam, dinetofuran and acetamiprid. The negative environmental and economic impacts of outdoor uses of the neonicotinoid insecticides may be lasting and devastating to Oregon’s agricultural businesses, from fruit trees to honey production.

Oregonians demand that the future of Oregon’s agricultural sector be protected by a ban before bee populations decline any further.

Why is this important?

In mid-June, an estimated 50,000 bumblebees were killed in a shopping mall parking lot in Wilsonville, Oregon. The ODA confirmed that the massive bee die-off was caused by a neonicotinoid pesticide, dinotefuran, on nearby trees. Then, only days later, hundreds of bees were found dead after a similar pesticide use in the neighboring town of Hillsboro, Oregon.

Neonicotinoids can be broadly applied as a spray, soil drench, tree injection or seed treatment. Once these systemic pesticides are taken up by a plant’s vascular system, they are expressed through pollen, nectar and guttation droplets from which pollinators such as bees then forage and drink.

The step taken by the ODA to temporarily ban 18 products containing dinotefuran is a first step to protect pollinators. But this does not go far enough, as it’s limited to only one product and 180 days. We urge the Oregon Department of Agriculture to declare an immediate ban on all neonicotinoid insecticides: imidacloprid, clothianidin, thiamethoxam, dinetofuran and acetamiprid.

The negative environmental and economic impacts of outdoor uses of the neonicotinoid insecticides may be lasting and devastating to Oregon’s agricultural businesses, from fruit trees to honey production. Agriculture directly and indirectly contributes more than $22 billion to Oregon’s net state product, or roughly 15% of the overall state economy.

ODA must act now to suspend neonicotinoids in Oregon. Oregonians demand that the future of Oregon’s agricultural sector be protected by a ban before bee populations decline any further.

Citations
2 Studies Point to Common Pesticide as a Culprit in Declining Bee Colonies (march 29, 2012, NY Times): http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/30/science/neocotinoid-pesticides-play-a-role-in-bees-decline-2-studies-find.html

How it will be delivered

Deliver in person in a meeting with ODA.

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Reasons for signing

  • because I love bees and honey
  • We need bees!
  • We need bees to pollinate!

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