Let's Ban Neonicotinoids, Austin!

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Environment Texas says
On Tuesday, the Austin Parks and Recreation Board will hear from city staff about the use of a class of bee-killing pesticides known as neonicotinoids. Please come learn about how Austin might end the use of these harmful chemicals and, if you're up for it, speak during "Citizen Communications" about the importance of bees and the dangers of neonics.

BACKGROUND
Honeybees are responsible for pollinating 71 of the 100 crops that provide 90% of the world’s food. Fruits, vegetables, coffee and nuts are all affected by the loss of the bees.

Beginning in 2006, beekeepers began to see a steep decline in their bee colony populations. Today, millions of bees in the United States and around the world continue to disappear. While there are multiple contributing factors, neonicotinoids (neonics), a toxic pesticide, pose a significant threat. Neonics are highly toxic to bees and other pollinators and need to be immediately eliminated.

Neonicotinoids are systemic chemicals. This means the properties of neonics are absorbed by the plant and transferred through the vascular system. The plant itself becomes toxic, polluting both the plants nectar and pollen. Besides being ultimately lethal to honeybees, neonicotinoids have neurotoxins that affect a honeybee’s foraging ability: flying, navigation, taste sensitivity, and learning of new tasks.

Because of neonics ability to remain in plants and soil for an extended period of time, it is important that terminate the use of neonicotinoids as soon as possible. Cities throughout the United States including Eugene, Portland, and Seattle have all banned the purchase and use of neonics on city property while supporting global efforts to protect the honeybees. Please help Austin join in these efforts.
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By: Environment Texas

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