Chances are you have heard that the Trump Administration has does something quite damning for the bee populations. The ban on the use of bee-killing insecticides in protected wildlife refugees has been reversed.
This policy will affect over 50 different wildlife refuges across the country and could have drastic effects. This really puts sensitive creatures at risks as they rely on toxic-free environments to continue on existing. If these insecticides come in and wipe them all out, where would that leave us all? Bees are crucial for our survival in this world.
Environmentalists had to sue to get the ban set in place, to begin with, and many stress that industrial agriculture should have no place on refuges dedicated to wildlife conservation and protection. While limited agricultural activity is allowed on some of these refuges this setback is a major one. Neonicotinoid pesticides, neonics, and GMO crops were all banned on these refugees but will as it seems, now be allowed.
Reuters reported as follows on the topic:
It marked the latest in a series of Obama-era environmental restrictions to be reversed under Trump, who campaigned on a pledge to roll back government regulations.
In a 2014 Obama administration memo announcing plans to phase in the ban, Jim Kurth, head of the refuge system, wrote that seeds treated with neonics give rise to plants whose tissues contained compounds that could harm “non-target” species. He also said, “refuges throughout the country successfully meet wildlife management objectives without” GMOs or neonics.
Thursday’s memo named more than 50 national wildlife refuges across the country where the revised policy now applies. The entire system consists of 560 refuge units encompassing roughly 150 million acres nationwide.
Sure, the use of these pesticides and so forth will come on a case by case basis but as more and more are used in areas that bees and other at-risk creatures are present and supposed to be able to flourish who knows how many will lose their lives. For more information on this please feel free to check out the video below. What do you think about all of this?