BREAKING NEWS: THE CITY OF SEATTLE, WASHINGTON BANS THE USE OF NEONICOTINOID INSECTICIDES!!
On Monday, September 22nd, 2014 the Seattle City Council overwhelmingly approved an ordinance, R. 31548, that bans the use of products containing Neonicotinoids.
The Resolution states: • The City of Seattle will NOT purchase or use any neonicotinoid pesticides for any purpose and will seek to use only pollinator-friendly methods of weed and pest control management on any city-owned or operated land.
• The Mayor and the Seattle City Council supports a national moratorium on the sale and use of neonicotinoids.
• The Mayor and Seattle City Council strongly urges the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend the registration of imidacloprid, clothianidin, thiamethoxam, dinotafuran and any other neonicotinoids until the EPA can complete its environmental assessments.
• The Mayor and the Seattle City Council strongly urges the White House Task Force on Pollinator Health to recommend or institute an immediate moratorium on all uses of neonicotinoids.
• The Mayor and Seattle City Council strongly urges businesses operating within the City of Seattle to take immediate steps to ensure NO plants, seeds, or products containing neonicotinoids are purchased, sold, or used within the City of Seattle.
***The City of Eugene, Oregon, became the first community in the nation to specifically ban from city property the use of "neonic" pesticides earlier this year. Spokane, Washington, was next in line in June. Shorewood, Minnesota, followed in August. THANK YOU, to all the citizens of SEATTLE, for stepping up to#SaveTheBees and #SaveOurPollinators - which city will be LUCKY NUMBER FIVE?!?
Unfortunately, the graphic is a bit off-putting. The staff artist used a phalaenopsis Orchid, which is a house plant, as the bee flower. I appreciate that they ran the article but having graphics that indicate false information is a step down for aspiring journalist.
I think this is the point they were trying to make...
graphic taken from Eco Watch website...
showing how systemic pesticides work on the bees and pollinators