The Pollinator Stewardship Council believes that pollinators are
an important part of agricultural and other ecosystems that should be
protected from harm caused by pesticide use. Within this context, we
also believe that farmers should be able to protect their crops from
pests and use pesticides to do so. Coexistence of farming with
pollinators is key to the survival of a vibrant agricultural economy.
Our work is guided by the belief that pesticides should be regulated
by US EPA in a way that prevents harm to managed and native pollinators,
by ensuring that pesticide labels effectively prevent poisonings,
pesticide applicators are well-informed and trained in pest control
methods that prevent pollinator poisoning incidents, and State Lead
Agencies take full responsibility for their enforcement duties. When
pollinator poisoning incidents do occur, we believe that the State Lead
Agencies charged with enforcing the law should act expeditiously to
fully investigate each incident, document the incident in a traceable
manner, file a comprehensive report of the incident with US EPA, and
take corrective action to avert future poisoning incidents.
The mission of the Pollinator Stewardship Council is to
defend managed and native pollinators vital to a sustainable and
affordable food supply from the adverse impacts of pesticides.
As pollination is required for one-third of the nation’s food supply, we strive to accomplish our mission by:
- Ensuring that State Lead Agencies and US EPA enforce regulations to protect pollinators from pesticides, as mandated by FIFRA.
- Using multiple strategies, including litigation and legal petitions,
as well as legal support for managers of pollinators who have suffered
damages to their beekeeping operation caused by pesticides.
- Providing advocacy, guidance and tools for beekeepers to defend their bees from the detrimental effects of pesticides.
- Raising awareness about the potential adverse impacts of pesticides
on pollinators important to the supply of food and the ecosystems that
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