Pollinator task force backs pesticide reporting system

Mateusz Perkowski, Capital Press

A pollinator health task force is recommending that Oregon lawmakers reactivate a statewide pesticide use reporting system and pay for a “state of the art” facility to diagnose bee diseases.

The Oregon Legislature created the task force last year to make recommendations for improving pollinator health instead of restricting the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, as proposed in previous legislation.

In recent years, beekeepers have reported high levels of hive losses and a mysterious phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder, in which bees abandon their hives.

Pesticide critics have claimed that neonicotinoid pesticides are part of the problem, pointing to a massive die-off in Wilsonville, Ore., that was linked to two such chemicals last year.

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