Portland bans ‘neonicotinoid’ pesticide

By Jennifer Anderson, Portland Tribune

The Portland City Council on voted Wednesday to ban the use of neonicioinoid pesticides, which the city currently uses at the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park and at Peninsula Park.

Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz introduced the ordinance last Wednesday, with support by advocates including the Xerces Society, Audubon Society of Portland, Center for Biological Diversity and Beyond Toxics.

Neonicotinoids are one of the most widley used pesticides in the world, but have recently been found to be a major threat to pollinator health.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture documented seven bumble bee death incidents related to the application of neonicotinoids on trees since June 2013, six of which happened in the Portland metro area.

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