Feb 5, 2010
New Brochure Provides Guidance on Reducing Pesticide Harm to Pollinators

Syngenta Crop Protection, Bayer CropScience and the Center for Urban/Rural Environmental Stewardship have partnered in efforts to reduce pollinator exposure to pesticides.

The coalition has published a six-page brochure that provides steps for farmers, applicators and homeowners to reduce the risks to honey bees and other natural pollinators. The brochure recommends anyone applying pesticides should practice stewardship throughout the products’ life cycles.

Topics covered by the publication include: determining if the pesticide is toxic to pollinators, understanding pollinator visitation habits, minimizing spray and drift and communicating between pesticide users and beekeepers.

It’s also important to read the label before applying any pesticides to avoid harm to pollinators, water and other habitats.

The brochure is available from a number of state agriculture departments and farm organizations. To order a copy, call 559-591-1995 or go here to download a copy.

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