The issue of pollinator health is complex which has the collective interest and investment of all stakeholders from government, academic and research institutions, technology solutions providers, pesticide applicators, growers, and beekeepers.

To assert that a nursery grower or homeowner use of pesticides is a major contributor to the decline in pollinator health is not just erroneous, but erodes the collaboration and thoughtful discussion that has been going on about the issue in recent months and years. 

Supporting pollinator health is a serious undertaking, as is our industry’s commitment and investment in finding solutions, which include minimizing bee exposure and susceptibility to the Varroa mite and associated diseases, and increasing opportunities for healthy habitat and forage. 

We must work together which means checking the facts and avoiding finger pointing. 

Our associations represent the entire pesticide industry, supplying both agricultural and non-agricultural pesticide users and we stand together on this issue.

 

(*Ed: This letter is in response to a neonicotinoid-related blog posted Aug. 20.)

 

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