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President Obama is knocking it out of the park these days! First curbing carbon emissions, then creating a massive marine reserve, and now he is stepping up and creating the Pollinator Health Task Force Team, to help protect honey bees. A President with eyes on the future (how refreshing!).

In a statement on the decision, President Obama said, “The problem [with declining honey bee populations] is serious and requires immediate attention to ensure the sustainability of our food production systems, avoid additional economic impact on the agricultural sector, and protect the health of the environment.”

Honey bees are ESSENTIAL to our nation’s food supply, responsible for pollinating 90 percent of the crops grown in North America.  It has been said many times, but to reiterate: no bees, no food. Over the past few years, honey bees have been in a state of rapid decline due to exposure to pesticides, mite infestation and lack of genetic diversity.

The announcement released by The White House, stated that the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are teaming up to help find solutions to our growing bee problem. In addition, $50 million has been alotted to his proposed 2015 budget to fund research on honey bees and to support honey bee conservation organizations.

While the plans do not include measures to ban the use of neonicitinoids across the board, a step many environmentalists contend is necessary for change, as more research develops this may naturally become the next logical step for the President to take. We know that pesticides are by far the largest threat to honey bees, however, this is a large and complex problem to tackle and the President intends to expend the needed funds and research to find the most effective solutions.

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4 Years Ago

This article is pure hype.

There has been a problem for years, we\'ve known the causes for years—Obummers statement of the obvious is no cause for celebration.

50 Million to research an issue we know exists is not a solution.

Meanwhile BILLIONS are hemorrhaged toward overseas war efforts.

Nicholas Chase
4 Years Ago

This article is hype.

Once again Obummer says, "Yes, there IS a problem; SOMEONE should DO something!" and everyone shouts hooray.

Well, boo and hiss. This issue has been a hot topic for YEARS - and the Pres. finally steps forward to admit it\'s an issue when, in fact, it\'s simply TOO LATE FOR RESEARCH.

50 million toward "possible solutions" while literally billions continue to be spent on glacially paced war enterprises that impoverish entire nations as well as the United States itself.

We need ACTION - not sweeping generalities and charismatic speeches.

I remain unimpressed and continue to be panicked about the clear preference for industrial solutions to industrial problems supported by Obummer.

This is NOT enough!

4 Years Ago

That\'s great, because when he collapses the US economy, at least we\'ll have flowers and food we can eat. the Eilite are smart enough to know that even after they kill billions of people, they themselves will still need food

4 Years Ago

Is he going to shut down or make companies like Monsanto ( who are basically in charge of the EPA) take responsibility for creating chemicals that harm the environment, and killing the pollinators? I doubt it. He demands only organic for him and his family, while claiming GMO products are safe. What kind of leadership is that?

24 Jun 2014

And he will NEVER shut down Monsanto, they line his greedy little claws with millions

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