How can IPM help us save the pollinators?

 

Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council, left, and Jeff Pettis, USDA, right.

 

Thomas Moriarty, Environmental Protection Agency. Photos by Chris Gonzales, Northeastern IPM Center.

The Northeastern IPM Center recently hosted a discussion on the topic of pollinators in a live-streamed web event: "Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Pollinators: What is the appropriate role for IPM on the issue of pollinators?"

The Northeastern IPM Center invited speakers from the USDA Agricultural Research Service, the Natural Resources Defense Council, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the US Environmental Protection Agency. In the recording, panelists provide an update on current issues surrounding pollinator health. They share facts about pollinators and pollinator decline, and give some thought to the role that the integrated pest management community, as well as scientific experts, public officials, and citizens, should take to address it.

The event took place November 12, 2014, as part of the Northeastern IPM Center Advisory Council meeting in the Washington, D.C. area. Over 300 people viewed the live-stream event.

Speakers: Thomas Moriarty is a team leader in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pesticide Programs. Jeff Pettis is a research entomologist in the USDA Agricultural Research Service Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Md. Jennifer Sass is a senior scientist in the Health and Environment program of the Natural Resources Defense Council and an expert in US chemical policy and regulations. Steve Young, director of the Northeastern IPM Center, moderates the session.