On Friday, June 20, President Barack Obama issued a memorandum that seeks to promote the health of honey bees.
The memorandum states, "Pollinators contribute substantially to the economy of the United States and are vital to keeping fruits, nuts, and vegetables in our diets. Honey bee pollination alone adds more than $15 billion in value to agricultural crops each year in the United States. Over the past few decades, there has been a significant loss of pollinators, including honey bees, native bees, birds, bats, and butterflies, from the environment. The problem is serious and requires immediate attention to ensure the sustainability of our food production systems, avoid additional economic impact on the agricultural sector, and protect the health of the environment."
Action steps outlined in the memorandum, which include new public-private partnerships and increased citizen engagement, seek to reverse pollinator losses and help restore populations to healthy levels. Primarily, the memorandum outlines the establishment of the Pollinator Health Task Force. This Task Force will devise an action plan to understand, prevent, and recover from pollinator losses; expand and coordinate public education programs; and enhance pollinator habitats.
This last action statement touches upon a number of factors that may affect the tree care industry, including:
Read the complete memorandum online here.