Portland Bans Insecticide Blamed For Decline In Honey Bee Population

Originally posted on Consumerist:

(Theodore Scott) (Theodore Scott) Out of concern for a depletion in the number of honey bees in recent years, the city of Portland, OR has approved a ban on the use of an insecticide that conservationists say is to blame for killing off the honeymakers, despite protests from some local farmers.

The Portland City Commission voted unanimously to suspend use of products containing neonicotinoids, effective immediately, reports Reuters. This makes the eighth U.S municipality to outlaw the insecticides as activists make the case that it’s the reason bees and other pollinating insects have been dying off.

Portland Commissioner Amanda Fritz’s quest to get the measure approved as a public health issue was successful on Wednesday, meaning neonicotinoids can’t be used in city parks, streets and gardens.

“I think we’re doing another good thing for the city of Portland, Oregon … and maybe the entire world,” Fritz said.

But opponents…

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