How the White House plans to save the bees
On May 19th, the White House revealed the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and other Pollinators, a plan for how the Obama administration intends to save the bees (and the butterflies). According to the strategy, the main goals include:
- Reduce honey bee colony losses during winter to no more than 15% within 10 years.
- Increase the Eastern population of the monarch butterfly to 225 million butterflies occupying an area of approximately 15 acres in the overwintering grounds in Mexico, through domestic/international actions and public-private partnerships, by 2020.
- Restore or enhance 7 million acres of land for pollinators over the next 5 years through Federal actions and public/private partnerships.
Some environmentalist groups have criticized the strategy, though many agree that "restoring bee habitat is a good place to start". Critics argue that the strategy does not outline any future plans to limit harmful neonicotinoids in commercially used pesticides.