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    Plan Bee: Feds Propose Plan to Reverse Honeybee, Butterfly Decline

    This is very good news.

    Plan Bee: Feds Propose Plan to Reverse Honeybee, Butterfly Decline - NBC News

    The federal government hopes to reverse America's declining honeybee and monarch butterfly populations by making more federal land bee-friendly, spending more money on research and considering the use of less pesticides. Scientists say bees crucial to pollinate many crops have been hurt by a combination of declining nutrition, mites, disease, and pesticides. The federal plan is an "all hands on deck" strategy that calls on everyone from federal bureaucrats to citizens to do what they can to save bees, which provide more than $15 billion in value to the U.S. economy, according to White House science adviser John Holdren.

    "Pollinators are struggling," Holdren said in a blog post, citing a new federal survey that found beekeepers lost more than 40 percent of their colonies last year, although they later recovered by dividing surviving hives. He also said the number of monarch butterflies that spend the winter in Mexico's forests is down by 90 percent or more over the past two decades, so the U.S. government is working with Mexico to expand monarch habitat in the southern part of that country. The plan calls for restoring 7 million acres of bee habitat in the next five years. Numerous federal agencies will have to find ways to grow plants on federal lands that are more varied and better for bees to eat because scientists have worried that large land tracts that grow only one crop have hurt bee nutrition.

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    Re: Plan Bee: Feds Propose Plan to Reverse Honeybee, Butterfly Decline

    Quote Originally Posted by Anomalism View Post
    This is very good news.

    Plan Bee: Feds Propose Plan to Reverse Honeybee, Butterfly Decline - NBC News

    The federal government hopes to reverse America's declining honeybee and monarch butterfly populations by making more federal land bee-friendly, spending more money on research and considering the use of less pesticides. Scientists say bees — crucial to pollinate many crops — have been hurt by a combination of declining nutrition, mites, disease, and pesticides. The federal plan is an "all hands on deck" strategy that calls on everyone from federal bureaucrats to citizens to do what they can to save bees, which provide more than $15 billion in value to the U.S. economy, according to White House science adviser John Holdren.

    "Pollinators are struggling," Holdren said in a blog post, citing a new federal survey that found beekeepers lost more than 40 percent of their colonies last year, although they later recovered by dividing surviving hives. He also said the number of monarch butterflies that spend the winter in Mexico's forests is down by 90 percent or more over the past two decades, so the U.S. government is working with Mexico to expand monarch habitat in the southern part of that country. The plan calls for restoring 7 million acres of bee habitat in the next five years. Numerous federal agencies will have to find ways to grow plants on federal lands that are more varied and better for bees to eat because scientists have worried that large land tracts that grow only one crop have hurt bee nutrition.
    Fully support the intent - let's just hope the Fed doesn't screw it up like most of what they touch. Hopefully they just fund it and let competent people in the industry run with it and not get personally involved.
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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    Re: Plan Bee: Feds Propose Plan to Reverse Honeybee, Butterfly Decline

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    Fully support the intent - let's just hope the Fed doesn't screw it up like most of what they touch. Hopefully they just fund it and let competent people in the industry run with it and not get personally involved.
    I agree. Fund the scientists and other experts and let them do their thing.

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    Re: Plan Bee: Feds Propose Plan to Reverse Honeybee, Butterfly Decline

    Just don't accidentally create another species of killer bees.

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