Bee death task force’s recommendations to Oregon lawmakers too weak, conservationists argue

By Kelly House, The Oregonian

A state task force charged with helping Oregon lawmakers respond to honeybee die-offs has released its final report, spurring outcry from one task force member who argues the suggestions are too weak.

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation – one of eight groups with a voting member on the task force – is criticizing the motives behind the recommendations the group delivered to the Oregon Legislature last week.

“Groups representing pesticide manufacturers, retailers and the nursery industry were able to stifle efforts to protect pollinators,” a release from the group stated.

Namely, representatives from the Xerces Society argued the recommendations don’t include enough measures to curb the use of neonicotinoids, a type of insecticide known to kill bees and other pollinators.