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Friday, July 13, 2018

I’m happy to see your coverage of the annual Langstroth Bee Festival during a time where bee health is a critical concern. The Bee Festival was a great opportunity to show how the preservation of bees is of utmost importance. Just last week, an alarming survey found that Massachusetts lost 65 percent of its honeybee hives, 25 percent more than the national average. Concerned with similar reports, in 2016 I founded Western Mass Pollinator Networks to mobilize towns and residents to support the expansion of safe pollinator habitat. I urge residents to show their support for bees by contacting their legislators and urging them to support H. 4041, An Act to Protect Massachusetts Pollinators. The bill addresses a major cause of bee decline, neonicotinoids, insecticides which pose a significant danger to both bees and humans. By limiting the use of neonics to licensed applicators only, the legislation will result in safer bee habitat. It’s urgent for legislators to hear that 65 percent losses are completely unacceptable. Beekeepers need help, and H. 4041 would go a long way in that direction.

Peggy MacLeod