To the editor:
In honor of Honey Bee Day on Saturday, we should honor pollinators critical to our food system by urging President Barack Obama and his agencies to create the best protections possible for the nation's bees.
In the next few months, a joint task force led by Obama's EPA and USDA will release a plan of action for addressing bee declines. And, one of the most critical steps they can take is to restrict the use of pesticides called neonicotinoids, a driving force in bee declines.
Bayer, Syngenta, Monsanto and the rest of the pesticide industry will continue to try and confuse the science and the discussion about what needs to be done, but the reality is that we can't afford to wait around while these pesticides further contaminate our air, water and soil and contribute to an untenable burden for bees, beekeeepers and our agricultural economy.

Eddie McKinney