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Good news for the honey bees that swarm in Eugene, Ore.: the city just became the first in the country to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, one of the types linked to declining honey bee populations.

According to Beyond Pesticides, “several bee-kill incidents occurred in Oregon last summer, including one that killed more than 50,000 bumblebees after a licensed pesticide applicator sprayed blooming linden trees, a violation of the pesticide label. After a preliminary investigation, the Oregon Department of Agriculture confirmed that the massive bee die-off was caused by the use of the neonicotinoid insecticide, dinotefuran.”

Eugene is just one of many communities looking to prevent incidents like this. In Calif., N.Y., and N.J. similar language is being drafted for proposal that would limit pesticides, particularly the neonicotinoid type.

In addition to the new restrictions on these pesticides, Eugene will also expand its current pesticide-free parks program, and, according to Beyond Pesticides, “now requires all departments to adopt integrated pest management (IPM) standards.”

Pesticides are, in general, harmful to honey bees…as well as humans, pets, the environment…and the list goes on. Cheers to Eugene for realizing this and making some progress in the elimination of these harmful chemicals! We can’t wait to see other states following this precedent soon.

Image source: John Severns / Wikimedia Commons


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57 comments on “Eugene, Oregon First in the Country to Ban Honey Bee-Killing Pesticides”

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Big Dred
9 Months Ago

I'm sorry, but this is NOT true. The city of Eugene did not ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides. What they did is ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on CITY PROPERTY, such as the lawns of city buildings and public parks and recreation facilities. The use of neonicotinoid pesticides is still completely legal for private and commercial property, including farms. This is either deliberately misleading or a huge oversight. City property doesnt even account for the majority of pollination sites for bees in the area. And the incident of 50,000 bumblebees dying occurred at a shopping mall parking lot... where it is still COMPLETELY LEGAL to use neonicotinoid pesticides. Please correct this by at least saying "on city property", because thousands of people are sharing this information and I am seeing it popup all over Facebook... yet it is almost equivalent to a lie.

Cheryl Smith
9 Months Ago

Great first move, Eugene. Kudos! Now it's time to think about what happens to bees and other beneficial insects when they pollinate or eat those lovely GMO plants with the built-in pesticides!!!!!!!! Food for thought.

Krystal Scott
9 Months Ago

Yay, Eugene!!! :D

Phylicia Thomas
9 Months Ago

Jason L. Hoopes

Tracy Clark
9 Months Ago

Denise Moreno <3

Kim Buchholtz
9 Months Ago

I never see honey bees! Last year I seen one lonely honey bee that would hang out by my door .l was glad to see him. But felt bad no other bees were around with him

Emelia Black-Matthews
9 Months Ago

Save the bees!

Beth Perera Your Healthnut Pampered Chef
9 Months Ago

How about banning HUMAN-KILLING foods, like meat/dairy/eggs?

Richard Lodge
9 Months Ago

way to go

Lawrence Ferguson
9 Months Ago

Pest controle has its place but why use a spray when outher bugs .spiders .and like do a better job at it then man ever could


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