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Islanders should unite to save honeybees
This is a call to action in response to Bob Dixon’s intelligent letter regarding the chemicals that are killing the bees (“Consider the impact of chemicals that kill bees,” June 25).
There are two movements underway. One has deep pockets, vast political ties and works behind closed doors. The other has limited funds, is grass roots, out in the open and gaining momentum.
As Mr. Dixon eloquently explained, there are new pesticides (neonicotinoids) that are drastically affecting the populations of our pollinators. The producers of these pesticides (Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta and Bayer) are spending millions to distract the public and policy makers from thinking that pesticides might bee the cause.
We, on our island sanctuary, should demand better. We are in control of our own bounty or demise. We need to help those who don’t understand to wake up and join in helping everyone to understand. If we stop purchasing these products, the stores on island will stop carrying them. Therefore, the second movement.
On August 16 (National Honey Bee Day), there will be events worldwide to raise awareness and create political/regulatory change. Organizations are joining forces to create a “global swarm” to encourage change. There will be a “swarm Seattle” demonstration march, the question is, do we want a “swarm Vashon?” We’re talking a demonstration march, signs, speakers, costumes, media, etc. Perhaps we can create pockets of the island that are pesticide free. Perhaps vendors would pull them from the shelves.
Normally, we are a group with diverse interests and priorities. However, this cause should unite us all. Let’s lay aside our differences, join as a community and find a better way. What a great way to educate ourselves and our children to this issue and grass roots action. If you would be interested in participating or helping organize, please email me at Live.Innovations.Farm@gmail.com
For the bees!
— Gene Kuhns