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Jefferson Exchange | June 18, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed June 18, 2014

A Week To Celebrate Pollinators

Cynthia Orlando and Mike Kroon talk about plants to attract pollinators.

How much of what we take for granted in the plant world would disappear without pollinators? 

We probably don't want to find out. 

Problems with bee colony die-offs in recent years pointed out the many things bees and other pollinators make possible. 

Those accomplishments are celebrated during Pollinator Week this week. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 10, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Eugene Takes Action On Pesticides

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George Brown and Lisa Arkin talk about the Eugene City Council passing restrictions on neo-nicotinoid pesticides.

It's not easy to say "neonicotinoid pesticide," perhaps harder still to pass legislation regulating it. 

The Oregon Legislature backed off new regulations on the pesticides, opting instead for further study and a task force. 

This is the class of pesticides blamed for a major bee kill near Portland in Summer 2013. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 20, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Trying To Turn Bee Concern Into Legislation

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Aimee Code of Xerces Society talks about efforts to reform pesticide use that will help bees.

The killing of tens of thousands of bees in the Portland area last year sparked widespread concern about the use of pesticides. 

And the concern translated to regulation, but so far, no legislation.  A bill to toughen up some pesticide laws just got watered down in the Oregon legislature.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 20, 2013
3:27 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Campaigning For A Ban On Neonicotinoids

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Lisa Arkin of Beyond Toxics discusses a proposed ban on neonicotinoid pesticides.

The bodies of 50,000 dead bees no longer litter the parking lot of a Portland-area shopping center.

But the impact of last June's bee kill is still being felt. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 6, 2013
10:55 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Being Good To The Bees

A bee buzzing near a lemon tree.
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Rogue Valley beekeepers explain their craft and their concerns about bee survival.

The recent pesticide-caused bee deaths in northern Oregon underscored the importance of bees to agriculture… and so to us and our food supply.  No education on this point is necessary for the people at Wild Bee International in Eagle Point.  You'll hear about the group's work with bees, and what it hopes to accomplish for bees and all of us who depend upon them.  Other beekeepers and bee fans join in the discussion.