The Oregon City Council voted unanimously to ban the use of neocicotinoid insecticides

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The Oregon city council has voted to ban the use of as the environment is being harmed by pesticides and their application is harmful to . The use of neonicotinoids have caused and the Obama administration has implemented a task force to investigate the of these substances which have been associated with a substantial amount of bee deaths around the country.

“These toxicants kill outright, so this ordinance is critical to protecting Portland’s burgeoning local foods movement,” said Lisa Arkin, of Beyond Toxic.

The Obama directed federal agencies to develop a pollinator health strategy within 180 days that supports and creates pollinator habitat, and works to reverse these unsustainable pollinator declines.

Oregon banned four of the bee-killing , including imidacloprid, clothianidin, thiamethoxam and dinotefuran, last months, from use on Linden trees. The ordinances banned the use of neonicotinoids on city property and urged private retailers to any product that may contain these . “We’re doing another good thing for the people of Portland, Oregon, the United States, maybe the entire world,” said Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who introduced the policy.

The (EPA) has announced a halt on the use of any new neonicotinoids, which pose a threat to or birds. Environmental activists and grass-root organization have criticized the decision as it did not address the use of current products already marketed and sold, and urged the EPA to reconsider these products.

There is a growing movement by local city councils, across the United States, to implement environmental protective measures that reverse the decline of the due to the harmful unregulated .

Source

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2015/04/portland_bans_use_of_specific.html

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