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It's National Honey Month


September is National Honey Month, a time to celebrate the efforts of hardworking honey bees. Unfortunately, these essential pollinators are under threat, primarily due to the use of pesticides.


Bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and other insects tirelessly carry pollen from one flower to another, ensuring the transfer of genetic material necessary for the plants to bear fruit or produce seeds. Without pollinators, our food diversity and ecosystem stability would be severely compromised.  Chemicals such as neonicotinoids can impair the learning, foraging, and reproduction abilities of bees, causing catastrophic declines in honeybee populations as well as other pollinators including native bees, butterflies, bats, and birds.

 

Take Action for National Honey Month!

  • Choose organic and pesticide-free products: Whenever possible, opt for organic produce and products that have been grown without the use of harmful pesticides. By supporting organic and regenerative farming, we help create safer habitats for pollinators and reduce their exposure to toxic chemicals.

  • Create pollinator-friendly spaces: Transform your yard, balcony, or garden into a pollinator haven by planting native flowers, shrubs, and trees that provide nectar and pollen. Avoid using pesticides or opt for natural alternatives that are harmless to pollinators.

  • Support local beekeepers: Purchase honey and other bee-related products from local beekeepers. By doing so, you not only support their vital work but also encourage healthy beekeeping practices that prioritize the protection of pollinators.

  • Advocate for responsible pesticide use: Stay informed about the potential impacts of pesticides on pollinators and spread awareness within your community. Encourage farmers and policymakers to adopt responsible pesticide use practices, such as organic and regenerative products, targeted applications, and alternatives that are less harmful to pollinators.  PSC has a library of free downloadable educational resources for social media and distribution, please share! 

  • Become a PSC Member or Donate today:  Your membership and donation help PSC provide educational opportunities to help increase public awareness of the importance of pollinators and the catastrophic impact caused by pesticide use and allow us to conduct legal and legislative advocacy for protection from pesticides.  We need your help to do this important work!   

During National Honey Month, let's take a moment to appreciate the invaluable contributions of pollinators and acknowledge the threats they face. By taking steps to protect them from harmful pesticides and creating pollinator-friendly spaces, we can ensure the survival and well-being of these essential creatures. Together, let's strive for a future where honeybees, butterflies, and other pollinators thrive in a safe and healthy environment, benefiting both our ecosystems and food systems alike.

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