This article appeared in the June 11 issue of Organic Bytes, the newsletter of the Organic Consumers Association. It’s a must-read for home gardeners and food growers. Our thanks to Tori Benz-Hillstrom, MG Class of 2009, for bringing it to our attention.
Concerned about the bees and the butterflies? Interested in celebrating National Pollinator Week? It’s happening June 16-22, 2014.
And it’s brought to you, in part, by none other than Monsanto and Bayer.
In 2007, the U.S. Senate designated a week in June as National Pollinator Week. Every year, the Secretary of Agriculture signs a National Pollinator Week proclamation. As the public has grown increasingly concerned about the link between toxic chemicals and the die-off of bees and monarch butterflies, National Pollinator Week has evolved into the Pollinator Partnership. The Pollinator Partnership is a nonprofit that describes itself as “the largest organization in the world dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems.”
Who supports (i.e. funds) the Pollinator Partnership? Among others, Bayer and Monsanto — the very companies that are killing pollinators with insecticides and genetically engineered crops.
Take back National Pollinator Week! For some great ideas on encouraging pollinators in your garden, visit the Pollinator Pages at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Image from Wikimedia Commons.