Governor Cuomo Launches Plan Bee to Save Pollinators
SHARE Applauds Governor Cuomo’s Pollinator Protection Plan,
Calls on State to Take Additional Steps to Protect Climate
SHARE applauds New York State for the creation of a Pollinator Protection Plan.
New York State’s bee population, which is a critical component of our agriculture ecosystem, has been dying off. Bees play an essential role in pollination and without a healthy population, the production of most foods would stop.
In 2015, American beekeepers lost 42 percent of their honeybee colonies. Seventy of the world’s top 100 crop species are pollinated by bees – and those foods feed 90 percent of mankind.
“New York State’s four point plan to protect and revive bee populations is a major victory not only for farmers, but for the environment as well” said Frank Fraley, President of SHARE.
Largely as a result of global warming, bees have lost nearly 200 miles off the southern end of their historic wild range in both the U.S. and Europe, a trend that is continuing at a rate of about five miles every year.
Fraley continued “Climate change is clearly shrinking bee habitat. This is one more reason to stop emitting pollutants like carbon dioxide into our atmosphere. We need to stop burning fossil fuels to make electricity and replace those plants with clean sources like wind, solar and yes, nuclear – our largest source of clean energy here in New York City.”