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David Sparks Ph.d The importance of bees
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Line on Agriculture
Date: August 07, 2018

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Jay Vroom has announced that he has decided to retire as President and CEO of CropLife America at the end of 2018. That said, he has applauded the leadership in the House for their position regarding the multiple factors affecting bee health and the need for a harmonized response from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the two coordinating agencies for the White House Pollinator Task Force which also includes a huge array of other Federal agencies. “The emergence of disease and disease vectors and parasites like the verona mite are also more easily spread, harder to contain because we are moving more bees around to more places and making them work harder than ever before. The use of pesticides has always been of concern to beekeepers and is another factor that has increased in its concern given the fact that all these other factors are going on. There is a lot to pay attention to and fortunately the White House, starting almost a year ago initiated a task force at the White House that has now produced a report and gives some really good guidance and very specific targets for our country and our government to try and achieve.”

Pollinators are vital, too -- they support 1/3 of the human diet2.

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