July Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, July 27, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Marshfield Fair Overview – The fair is the club’s signature event. Bonnie has been hard at work getting ready for it since this spring. She will discuss the various moving parts and logistics that we, as club members, can get involved with to help her and Dave make it happen. A schedule of events is available by clicking here.

Marshfield Fair Honey Sales & Competition Q&A – Dave Hayden will answer questions about selling honey through the club’s venue and about entering the honey and bee related competitions at the Marshfield Fair.

There will also be a general Ask the Beekeeper session for anyone looking to gain information or share experiences.

Hanson Clubhouse ~ Map -> 228 High St Hanson, MA 02341

H.4187 – An Act Protecting Massachusetts Pollinators

Our Bees and Native Pollinators Need Our Help Again!!!

As most of you are aware, there has been a lot of activity on Beacon Hill that will affect our bees and native pollinators for many years to come. One of the bills that has been proposed, H.4187 – An Act Protecting Massachusetts Pollinators, is groundbreaking legislation that will regulate the use of the neonicotinoid class of pesticides that an overwhelming body of world wide, peer reviewed scientific research has shown to be one of the primary causes of the death and decline of our bees and native pollinators that we are all acutely aware of. Other states, such as Maryland, have already taken the lead in this fight by passing similar legislation. It is time for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to step up and do the right thing. To make that happen we need each and every one of you to email or snail mail your state senator and your state representative. A sample letter can be found below the line that you can copy and paste. To find your legislator please use the search by location tool on the right hand side of the page that the Find Your Legislators link points to. Please also share the link to this page with as many people as possible on Facebook, Twitter, by email or by whatever means you can.

Find Your Legislators -> https://malegislature.gov/People/Search
H.4187 -> https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H4187

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{my town}, MA

Dear {Representative or Senator} {Last Name},

As one of your constituents, I urge you to support S.2286 – An Act Promoting Agriculture in the Commonwealth with H.4187- An Act Protecting Massachusetts Pollinators attached to it. This bill takes common sense steps to protect pollinators, which are vital to the health of our food supply, agricultural economy and environment in Massachusetts by reducing the widespread use of pesticides that are contributing to their decline. I urge you to take the following steps to protect bees and other pollinators.

Please vote for and support S.2286 – An Act Promoting Agriculture in the Commonwealth and attach H.4187- An Act Protecting Massachusetts Pollinators with the following sections removed from Section 10 of H.4187: (i), (iii), (vi)  (vii) and (e), to the bill.

I believe Section 10 of H.4187 should be amended because many of the members of the proposed committee have the ability to benefit financially from not protecting bees and will reap financial gains from the continued use of pesticides in their businesses.

Your leadership to help pass S.2286 – An Act Promoting Agriculture in the Commonwealth this legislative session is critical. Bees and other pollinators are responsible for 1 in every 3 bites of food we eat and account for as much as $27 billion to the U.S. economy annually. Unfortunately, bees and other pollinators are in great trouble. The U.N. estimates that 40 percent of invertebrate pollinators, especially bees and butterflies, face extinction.

A large and growing body of science has implicated neonicotinoids as a leading factor of their decline. These pesticides are widely used in agriculture, used on 140 crops and in gardens and landscapes. Exposure to these pesticides can directly kill bees and make them more vulnerable to pests, pathogens and other stressors while impairing their foraging and feeding abilities, reproduction and memory. Some neonics are 5,000-10,000 times more acutely toxic to bees than DDT.

In September 2015, the 9th Circuit Court ruled to revoke EPA’s approval for sufoxaflor, a neonicotinoid pesticide, saying, “Leaving the EPA’s registration of sulfoxaflor in place risks more potential environmental harm than vacating it.”

In January 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency confirmed that the most widely-used neonicotinoid, imidacloprid, is highly toxic to bees, with exposure resulting in reduced numbers of worker bees, less foraging and delayed development. The agency won’t conclude the final version of this assessment and others, including potential mitigations, for at least two more years.

Maryland and Connecticut have passed bills this year restricting the use of neonicotinoid pesticides. As your constituent, I urge you to help attach H.4187 – An Act Protecting Massachusetts Pollinators to S.2286 – An Act Promoting Agriculture in the Commonwealth so Massachusetts can set an example for the rest of the country and be regarded as a leader on pollinator protection.

The reasonable steps in this bill will help protect the health of people and pollinators and keep Massachusetts beekeepers, wildlife, food system and environment healthy and thriving.

Please do everything you can to pass S.2286 – An Act Promoting Agriculture in the Commonwealth this legislative session and attach H.4187 – An Act Protecting Massachusetts Pollinators with the following sections removed from Section 10 of H.4187: (i), (iii), (vi) (vii) and (e).

Regards,
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