In a national campaign to help communities, municipalities and campuses become more protective of pollinators, BEE Protective recently teamed up with Vermont Law School and it became the first pesticide-free higher-education campus in the country.
Bees are in a state of decline, which puts human life in danger, threatens global food webs and concerns the integrity of biodiversity, therefore, Vermont Law School and BEE Protective's partnership was in response to an "Obama administration directive" to "create federal strategy to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators," according to a presidential memorandum.
While Vermont Law School "supports scholars and practitioners in producing practical, robust scholarship for use by the food and agriculture community,"it is training students to "help build sustainability" and providing them with the tools to increase "regional food systems," according to the school's Center for Agriculture and Food Systems.
And through this, the campus officially became a bee-friendly, neonicotinoid pesticide-free environment.
In a press release, Laurie Ristino, director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems and VLS associate professor of law, said, “Honey bees and other pollinators play a critical role in agricultural systems. Protecting their health and safety is a reflection of Vermont Law School’s commitment to the environment and CAFS’ mission to support sustainable food and agricultural systems. We hope more will follow our lead.”
From the Center for Food Safety and the BEE Protective Campaign:
Get the Facts
Download our fact sheet on Pollinators & Pesticides and learn the facts. You can make copies and pass them out to your friends and co-workers, at your local farmer’s market, gardening or beekeeping club.
- Want more information? Download our Pollinators & Pesticides report
Go Pollinator Friendly
- Take the Pollinator Pledge and stand up for bees!
- Learn which common home and garden pesticides are harmful to bees.
- Make your backyard or garden a safe place for bees and pollinators bychoosing pollinator-friendly flowers to support healthy hives.
- Follow bee-friendly alternatives to manage pests and ensure that your landscape is healthy for pollinators. Visit Beyond Pesticide’s websiteand learn about managing various landscapes with pollinators in mind, including home gardens, roadsides, grasslands, forestland and agriculture.
Get your community involved
- Want to make your town pollinator friendly? Use our model resolution to transform your city parks and raise awareness about this important issue!
- Bring BEE Protective to your campus! College campuses can make great pollinator habitats. Use our model resolution to declare your campus pollinator friendly and join a movement of students across the country!