WASHINGTON, D.C. — On the heels of the 2015 White House garden tour, more than fifty beekeepers, farmer workers, and environmental and consumer organizations sent a letter and petitions signed by more than 200,000 Americans to Michelle Obama, urging the First Lady to publicly commit to ensuring the White House gardens and grounds are free of bee-toxic neonicotinoid pesticides and use her influence to encourage the Obama administration to take meaningful steps to protect pollinators from these pesticides.
Advocates swarmed the garden tour Saturday to deliver the message in person and joined a virtual “swarm,” sending messages and pictures to the First Lady’s Twitter account.
“The bees can’t wait. The First Lady must stand up for bees and urge meaningful action on bee-toxic pesticides in her backyard and beyond if she wants to ensure healthy and affordable food for America’s children and families,” said Tiffany Finck-Haynes, food futures campaigner at Friends of the Earth. Read more