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Congressional briefing on pesticides toxic to bees, birds, and other wildlife

Posted Jul. 26, 2017 / Posted by: Audrey Fox

Members of Congress, scientific experts, beekeepers, farmers and environmental advocates to document the devastating impacts of pollinator population decline 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A coalition of environmental, beekeeping, and farming organizations will hold a Congressional briefing on Thursday to discuss neonicotinoid insecticides’ devastating impacts on wildlife and people. Growing scientific evidence points to neonics as a leading cause of drastic pollinator population decline. Thursday’s briefing will feature scientific experts, beekeepers, and farmers, as well as eight Representatives, all cosponsors of H.R. 3040-Saving America’s Pollinators Act, and one Senator.

WHAT: Congressional briefing on the impact of pesticides toxic to bees, birds, and other wildlife
WHO: American Bird Conservancy, Beyond Pesticides, Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Food Safety, Central Maryland Beekeepers Association, Endangered Species Coalition, Environment America, Friends of the Earth, Maryland Pesticide Education Network, National Family Farm Coalition, Natural Resources Defense Council, Pesticide Action Network North America, and Pollinator Stewardship Council
SPEAKERS: Cleo Braver, Owner of Cottington Farm
Ruth Berlin, Executive Director, Maryland Pesticide Education Network
Harmut Doebel, Professor of Biology, George Washington University
Luke Goembel, Chemist and Legislative Vice Chair, Central Maryland Beekeepers Association
Carys Mitchelmore, Professor, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Bonnie Raindrop, Legislative Chair, Central Maryland Beekeepers Association
WHEN: Thursday, July 27, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Cannon House Office Building, Room 340

Expert Contacts:
Tiffany Finck-Haynes, Friends of the Earth, (202) 222-0715, tfinckhaynes@foe.org 
Cynthia Palmer, American Bird Conservancy, (202) 888-7475, cpalmer@abcbirds.org
Communications Contact: Patrick Davis, Friends of the Earth, (202) 222-0744, pdavis@foe.org

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