Save California’s bees

Editor:
As a child born and raised in Los Angeles, I have vivid memories of entering my backyard when I was young to see oodles of brightly colored bees zipping around to all of the blooming plants and flowers. Our nectarine and orange trees would always bear the sweetest of fruits and although I was stung a couple of times, I understood that my favorite treats were only available due to these bees.

This is the reason why I want to express my concern regarding the large-scale bee die-off that is occurring within California. Since bees pollinate 70 percent of all crops in the United States, with California being a large agricultural contributor, further bee population declines will have drastic consequences.

This is a multifaceted issue that will not be an easy task to combat, however there is a low hanging fruit: the use of harmful neurotoxic pesticides called neonicotinoids.

Ending the use of neonicotinoids in California, which kill off 30 to 40 percent of bee colonies every season, would greatly help bee populations and would allow us to still have most of the food we love, especially our favorite treats such as coffee, juices, nectarines and oranges.

 

Joseph Moreno, Los Angeles