Oregon Bans Pesticides Following Major Bee Deaths – Update

Update - Oregon bans pesticides after major bee deaths
The Oregon Department of Agriculture is currently banning over 18 pesticides containing dinotefuran, which has been linked to honey-bee die-off while investigations continue on the major bee deaths which happened this past month in both Wilsonville and Hillsboro, Oregon.  Oregon Department of Agriculture director Katy Coba reports:

I have directed the agency to take this step in an effort to minimize any potential for additional incidents involving bee deaths connected to pesticide products with this active ingredient until such time as our investigation is completed and we have more information.  Conclusions from the investigation will help us and our partners evaluate whether additional steps need to be considered.

This is a temporary ban, during which the Oregon Department of Agriculture has 180 days to conduct a thorough investigation into the two major bee death incidents and determine if a negligent or over-use of pesticides was the cause.

A list of bee neonicontinoids containing products can be found here.

This new restriction will include both professional and homeowner use of ornamental, agricultural and turf pesticide products which contain dinotefuran.  If the product contains this ingredient, but focus on other uses such as flea, tick, ant and roach control, apparently they will not be affected.  The main concern is directed toward pesticides on pollinating plants such as those which would directly affect the bee population.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture statute gives them the right to create limitations and implement procedures in order to protect the bee and pollinating insect populations.  This ban taking place now in Oregon on 18 pesticides will hopefully determine whether bees in the area and abroad will be safe and avoid future die-offs due to human negligence and error.  It is critical that we protect the bee population as they determine the growth cycle of over 80% of the food we eat.

Written by: Stasia Bliss

Sources: Political Blind Spot

11 Responses to Oregon Bans Pesticides Following Major Bee Deaths – Update

  1. John Cascade July 12, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Thanks for this article! For interested folks, Beyond Toxics, an Oregon-based environmental health nonprofit, has started a bold, new petition to permanently ban neonic pesticides in Oregon–that we already know are linked to Colon Collapse Disorder around the world! (Don’t need to wait for any studies by Oregon’s Dept. of Ag!) http://www.change.org/petitions/katy-coba-director-oregon-department-of-agriculture-ban-neonicotinoids-in-oregon

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  2. Ginny Anderson July 12, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Only one of many pesticides….how about, ban them all, get chickens, and guinea hens to eat the bugs. Have fresh eggs to boot.

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  3. Wendy Morgan-Edwards July 10, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Hear, hear Susan. And, no, its not a spelling mistake.

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  4. Susan July 10, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    It is a start, yes, in the right direction, but, the pressure must remain because I am sure that there will be ‘loopholes’ that creepy careless crawlers will slid right through disregarding mankind’s health and mother earth’s welfare. We must continue the push that keeps ‘them’ in check. Thank you Oregon Department of Agriculture for doing your job. NOW finish it.

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  5. Katie Courtney July 9, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    A good day for bees! Hooray for progress in right direction!

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  6. A concerned citizen July 8, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Is this really a ban? Will the products be removed from store shelves, will there be any sanctions for continued use, by either professional applicators or homeowners?

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