News Release

Contact: Casper Hill, City of Minneapolis 612-673-2342

Minneapolis urges action to protect dwindling local bee population

Avoid pesticides, plant more food for pollinators

April 28, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) For planting season, the City urges all Minneapolis gardeners, landscapers and farmers to protect pollinators. That means avoiding pesticides that poison bees, butterflies and other pollinators: avoiding applying pesticides and avoiding buying plants that were already treated. Protecting pollinators also means landscaping or gardening with the kinds of plants that nourish pollinators.

Pollinator populations are in sharp decline because of an ongoing loss of plants that feed and shelter them combined with a large-scale expansion of pesticide use by homeowners, landscapers, property managers and farmers. Neonicotinoids and other systemic pesticides have been shown to kill and weaken bees and other pollinators.

Growing vegetables, herbs and fruits requires bees, butterflies and other pollinators: a necessary part of a healthy ecosystem and food system anywhere including locally to improve the health and food security of Minneapolis residents.

A 2015 resolution commits the City to not using pesticides and encourages property owners to do the same. Alternatives to pesticides can cost less while dramatically boosting habitat for pollinators.

Free plants for pollinators

Answer 10 questions in the pollinator points survey and you will receive 14 native, pesticide-free perennial plants.

Find more resources and more information about how to protect pollinators here: www.minneapolismn.gov/environment/bees.

 

 

Published Apr 28, 2017

QUICK LINKS

Home

Contact us

Email updates

Find a service

About this site

For employees

Accessibility:
For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats, contact 311.
People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000.
TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

Para asistencia 612-673-2700, Yog xav tau kev pab, hu 612-637-2800, Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500. 

CONNECT

311 call center

TTY relay service

 

facebook25x25 twitter25x25 youtube25x25 Minneapolis311icon logo tv 14 footer icon image linkedin_32x32




mpls-logo-white120