Saving America's Pollinators

June 30, 2017

Dear Friends,

We have our work cut out for us this Congress. As I continue to fight against what I believe are reckless policies from the Administration, I’m also working to advance priorities that will make our communities safer, healthier, and more economically secure.

That’s why I introduced the Saving America’s Pollinators Act that would suspend the use of neonicotinoids until the Environmental Protection Agency makes a determination about the safest way to use them.

Pollinators play a critical role in our flower gardens and on our farms. They are vital to Oregon’s blueberry, raspberry, cherry, apple, vegetable seed, and squash crops. In fact, more than 75 percent of fruits, nuts, and vegetables grown in America are pollinated by bees.

Over the last 10 years, beekeepers have lost, on average, more than 30 percent of their bee colonies annually. We’ve seen dramatic bee die-offs in Oregon. While experts believe many factors contribute to this die-off, significant evidence links the use of a certain class of nicotine-derived pesticides, or neonicotinoids, with the death of bees. Until we know these pesticides don’t pose a threat to pollinators and the long-term viability of many plant species, we shouldn’t be using them. Otherwise, we’re putting our farms, food, and families at risk.

Our bees and other pollinators need our protection. The Saving America’s Pollinators Act is a common-sense step to resolve the questions surrounding neonicotinoids. I am going to be pushing on the House to act so that our pollinators can thrive in a healthier environment.


Earl Blumenauer
Member of Congress