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RISE Delivers Pollinator Petition to White House Environment Council

RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) delivers its pollinator petition with nearly 600 signatures to the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
The petition urges President Barack Obama to protect pollinators by creating more habitat and forage areas, and by considering all sources of information on and contributors to the pollinator health issue.
“Our petition shows President Obama that citizens want a balanced and substantive conversation to happen on the pollinator health issue,” says Aaron Hobbs, RISE president. “The pollinator issue is very complex and research points to multiple factors affecting pollinators, including pests and parasites, microbial diseases, nutrition problems, bee management practices and climate change.”
RISE is the national trade association representing manufacturers, formulators, distributors and other industry leaders involved with pesticides. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., RISE is engaged at the federal, state and local levels.
“Our industry takes its role as environmental stewards very seriously. Our petition highlights some of the steps our industry is and has been taking to support pollinators,” Hobbs says. “This includes creating pollinator-friendly habitats and forage areas through integrated vegetation management in utility rights-of-way and large tracts of land.
“We do applaud the White House for including in its Presidential Memorandum about pollinators a focus on more research, developing a public education plan and seeking ways to increase and improve pollinator habitat. However, in order to have a meaningful contribution to pollinator health, balanced conversations need to continue.”
RISE’s petition emphasizes an array of factors affecting bee health. The petition remains open and can be signed at