Support Proposed Legislation
Please support the proposed legislation, HB 1896, to add to the Official emblems and designations; state pollinator; European honey bee which Designates the European honey bee (Apis mellifera) as the Official State Pollinator.
The bill is in Committee on General Laws now and needs your letters of support immediately. Please note committee members email addresses below. Please copy your local State Delegate and Representative. This is a wonderful opportunity to tell them that there are still bee farmers in your district!
Bullet Points you can include:
- The Honey Bee- no other insect contributes more to the Commonwealth.
- The honey bee is essential to agriculture as a whole and is at risk in declining population.
- Pollination is essential to agriculture and agriculture is the largest private industry in Virginia.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that 80 percent of insect crop pollination is accomplished by honey bees. In the U.S, honey bees pollinate more than $20 billion worth of crops annually.
- Honey bees have been a part of Virginia's natural resources for nearly 400 years and the founding and success of Virginia is closely tied to the introduction of honey bees. The first European honey bees followed the first settlers at Jamestown in 1607, symbolizing the birth of new life as a new nation was born.
- Native insects are significantly less effective pollinating many of the old world crops and plants brought with and relied upon by the colonists, and now used by modern day farmers. These crops include cucumbers, cantaloupe, water melons, peaches and apples.
- Recent research has shown that honey bees largely do not compete with native pollinators. To the contrary, in many cases native pollinator populations benefit from the occurrence of honey bees.
- Designating the honey bee Virginia’s “Official State Pollinator” will encourage a greater public awareness and education about the importance of pollination and the honey bee and the role in agriculture in our great State
Email address of Committee Members