US Agricultural Policy

Agricultural Policy and the Sustainability of Pollinators

White House @WhiteHouse retweeted

The White House OSTP @whitehouseostp
 [White House Office of Science and Technology Policy]
2015-05-19
Announcing New Steps to Promote #PollinatorHealth → wh.gov/iKpjr pic.twitter.com/CmDUbDTvjr

 

 

"A honey bee, with pollen attached to its hind leg, pollinating a watermelon flower". (Photo by Stephen Ausmus/USDA)

Excerpt:

"People of all ages and communities across the country can play a role in responding to the President’s call to action. YOU can share some land with pollinators—bees, butterflies, other insects, birds, bats—by planting a pollinator garden or setting aside some natural habitat. YOU can think carefully before applying any pesticides and always follow the label instructions. YOU can find out more about the pollinator species that live near you."

 

 

Betting On Nature To Solve The Bee Crisis Via Bloombergbusiness

 

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-15/betting-on-nature-to-solve-the-bee-crisis

 

$15 billion worth U.S. crops including California’s $6.5 billion almond harvest are dependent on honeybees.

 

As commercially introduced honeybees colonies recently showed low rates of survival, the “government has allocated about $40 million a year to study the insects and other pollinators such as birds and bats”.

 

“maintaining untamed habitat near orchards is the key to getting a healthy population of native bees to stick around.”

 

“letting plants grow along streams on their property to attract more wild bees”

 

 

 

Nature Journal Supplement On Bee Care Freely Available

nature @nature

2015-05-21
A new @NatureOutlook on the major challenges for bees, agriculture and bee researchers: nature.com/nature/outlook…pic.twitter.com/0jbxcGRePD