Give the EPA the Bees Knees for Ignoring Rampant Bee Colony Collapse
Welcome to Weekend Gourmet! This blog carnival celebrates seasonal, local foods and the exciting recipes we can make using them. Did you know that local milk and honey can help with seasonal allergies? There is so much to gain from going local with your diet!
Today, I want to also draw your attention to a critical issue affecting bees, which of course produce wonderful honey and serve as pollinators for many other crops. Colony collapse disorder is a sudden die off of bees, which is affecting at least 30% of our U.S. honey bee population. Scientists and food activists are pointing the finger at the widespread use of pesticides, which kill not only insects but these precious workers in the fields, the bees.
Last month, for the second time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) refused to intervene to stop the use of the pesticide clothianidin, which causes harm to pollinators. The agency is taking public comments on their inaction until Sept 22, 2012. Please take the time today to give the EPA your comment, urging them to take action to protect the bees from further harm.
In addition to submitting a recipe to our blog carnival today, please submit your Public Comment here. Act now, because we need to get their attention. The EPA is not scheduled to review clothianidin again until 2018. By then it could be too late for the bees, and the one third of our food crops bees play a crucial role in pollinating.
The EPA says 1/3 of our bees dying is not an emergency. What planet are they on?
Now on a more positive note, please share your recipe with Mr. Linky. Also, why not copy and paste your public comment on this blog, too. It might give others an idea of what they want to say!
Kimberly Hartke is a realfoodmedia.com blogger.