National Honey Bee Day: August 17th, North Co-op
Aug 17, 2013
from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
|Where||Corvallis North Co-op- Corvallis,OR|
|Contact Name||Emily Stimac|
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Between 10am and 11:30 am on Saturday, August 17th, visitors to First Alternative Co-op’s North Store, located at 29th and Grant in Corvallis, will see a disturbing sight: what would happen to their produce selection without the humble and mighty pollinator, the bee.
The Co-op is working with the non-profit Beyond Toxics to raise awareness of the dangers that neonicotinoid class pesticides pose for native and domesticated honey bees, an important pollinator of our food supply. In addition to education, there will be an opportunity to sign a petition to end the use of neonicotiniods on crops in Oregon. A similar event is being held simultaneously at Sundance Natural Food Market in Eugene.
In response to the recent bumblebee die off linked to neonicotinoid pesticides, Oregon issued a temporary restriction (180 days) on 18 insecticides with the active ingredient dinotefuran (from the neonicotinoid class).
“As a father who cares about what his son eats, and someone who is interested in farming and local food, I think that protecting bees should be a priority,” said local resident Jeff Schiminsky, Co-op owner and president of Philomath based nonprofit, Toxic Awareness Body of Oregon, a partner with Beyond Toxics. “Banning these harmful insecticides will be beneficial in the long run.”
Schiminsky will be on hand to answer questions at the demonstration as well as help interested parties sign an electronic petition to stop the use of neonics.
“We hope this demonstration in the produce department will make clear to government leaders and the public the link between the use of neonicitinoids pesticides, to colony collapse disorder causing massive bee die-offs around the world--and the extraordinary variety of fresh food we enjoy today,” explained Lisa Arkin, Executive Director of Beyond Toxics.
From flowers to cashews, cherries to squash, cardamom to buckwheat, pollinators are integral to the planet, economy, and many aspects of our lives. In fact, the USDA estimates that about one in every three bites of food is either directly or indirectly made possible because of bee pollination. Both our environment and food supply are inextricably tied to the welfare of bees, making the decrease in bee population a cause for alarm.
EVENT AT A GLANCE:
LOCATION: NORTH CO-OP, 2855 NW GRANT (CORNER OR GRANT AND 29TH)
National Honey Bee Day
Visit the First Alternative Co-op produce department on Saturday, August 17th, 10-11:30 am, for a visual demonstration of the importance of honey bees on our food system, and learn about current threats to their wellbeing, and take action to help end the use of neonics in Oregon!