To save the bees, we must move beyond pesticides to an organic future.
One of the focuses of the 2021 National Pesticides Forum is pollinators and biodiversity:
Pollinators are in unrelenting devastating decline. But it’s not just pollinators. Research has found dramatic drops in overall insect abundance, leading entomologists to speak of an “insect apocalypse.” Various studies have found reductions of up to a factor 60 over the past 40 years –there were 60 times as many insects in some locations in the 1970s. Research shows that insect abundance has declined more than 75% over the last 27 years. The dramatic drop in insect biomass has led to equally dramatic pronunciations from highly respected scientists and entomologists. “We appear to be making vast tracts of land inhospitable to most forms of life, and are currently on course for ecological Armageddon,” says David Goulson, PhD of Sussex University. “If we lose the insects then everything is going to collapse.” It is clear that dramatic changes are needed.
2021 speakers include:
• Russ Henry, Bee Safe Minneapolis
• Joyce Kennedy, People & Pollinators Action Network
• Steve Ellis, Old Mill Honey Company
• Aimee Code, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
• Vera Krischik, PhD, Department of Entomology at the St. Paul, University of Minnesota
This year, this must-attend event is online and open to all. Donations to support the event are welcome, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
The 2021 National Pesticides Forum takes place over the following days. The full program is available here.
Monday, May 24, 6:00–7:30 pm ET
Tuesday, May 25, 1:00-5:30 pm ET
Tuesday, June 1, 1:00-5:30 pm ET
Tuesday, June 8, 1:00-5:30 pm ET
Tuesday, June 15 1:00-5:30 pm ET