Eugene First City to Band Neonicotinoids on Public Lands

Eugene, Oregon is the first U.S. city to ban these persistent pesticides on public land.

Eugene takes a formal stand against harmful neonicotinoids

On February 26, Eugene’s City Council unanimously passed a Council Resolution, “Enhancing Current Integrated Pest Management in Parks” and banning the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on all City of Eugene-owned property. Neonicotinoids are systemic chemicals absorbed by plants and transferred through the vascular system, making the plant itself toxic to insects. This is effective for pest control, however, poses risks particularly to the pollinators that visit these plants and rely on their nectar for survival.

While the European Union recently placed a two-year restriction on its use, according to bee advocates around the nation, Eugene is the first U.S. city to ban these persistent pesticides on public land. Use of these chemicals has been linked to the demise of honey bee colonies, and officials around the country have grappled with complex solutions. Parks and Open Space Director Craig Carnagey is pleased that our community is leading the way on this issue. “We hope the ripple effect of this decision will have a broad impact across the nation.”



Stop Selling Poisons That Kill Honeybee Colonies

This information comes to us from one of our local Eugene Chapter members.  Please take a moment to sign a petition to two local enployee-owned stores, BiMart and Jerry’s Home Improvement Center, asking them to stop selling products that kill honeybee colonies:

Sign the Petition to BiMart and Jerry’s:

Stop selling poisons that kill honeybee colonies

By Gary Rondeau

Published: The Register Guard, March 20, 2013 12:00AM

The honeybees are going down. This year for the first time, almond growers in California were not able to get all the bees they need for pollination, and many colonies supplied were weak. Thousands of bee colonies were dead on arrival to the almond orchards.

According to conventional wisdom, the problem is a combination of Varroa mites and infectious diseases, but new evidence points to pesticides as the root cause. Chemicals known as neonicotinoids, including imidacloprid, are the problem.

It may already be too late to save the beekeeping industry in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency has been slow to act, and the chemicals causing the destruction are extraordinarily toxic and are persistent in the environment.  read more >>

Read the full article on the Register Guard site:

Contact Jerry’s and BiMart:
After you have signed the petition, you may want to personally call or send a letter to these stores.  I shop at both of these stores and will be telling them to stop carrying these bee killing poisons.

Jerry’s Home Improvement Center:
Scott Lindstrom, VP of Operations
2600 Hwy. 99 N.
Eugene, OR 97402
541-689-1911  ext.8400

Jim Frazier
Business Office, Eugene
220 South Seneca Road.
344-0681 ext. 261.

More info:
I wrote to Gary asking him for more info.  He says:

Please refer readers to the website.  There is a link there to the petition as well as other information and links – including our letter to the stores.

Soon I will have a post with specific chemicals and brand names found at local stores.  These are the WORST because they invite overuse – treating insecticides like fertilizer.

  • Ortho Rose and Flower Insect Control Plus Miracle Grow (granular formula)
  • Bayer Advanced All-in-One Rose and Flower Care  (granular formula)

Thanks, Lisa!


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Sign the Petition:
Once again, here is the petition link: