Saving America's Pollinators
Pollinators are a vital part of agricultural production. One-third of food produced in America depends on pollination by honeybees. However, since 2006, beekeepers have been losing 30 percent or more of their hives, a phenomenon that came to be called "colony collapse disorder." A growing body of evidence links neonicotinoids to this decline.
In 2013, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) helped introduce the Save America's Pollinators Act, which directs the Environmental Protection Agency to suspend the use of neonicotinoids until a new scientific review is made to determine its safety.
Blumenauer discusses why it's important saving America's pollinators in this segment.