The risks to our na­tive bees

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Don’t give na­tive bees short shrift,” Ed­i­to­rial, June 15

Ku­dos to The Times ed­i­to­rial board for en­cour­ag­ing us to foster the well­be­ing of na­tive bees and other na­tive pol­li­na­tors by plant­ing drought-tol­er­ant flow­er­ing plants.

Now what the board needs to do is lobby for the Los An­ge­les Depart­ment of Wa­ter and Power to change the rules for its turf re­place­ment re­bate pro­gram to limit the use of ar­ti­fi­cial turf by re­quir­ing that some por­tion of the area (50% min­i­mum) be planted with non-in­va­sive, drought-tol­er­ant flow­er­ing plants.

Or bet­ter still, elim­i­nate the re­bate for ar­ti­fi­cial turf al­to­gether.

Kather­ine Ham­mer

Venice

As long as plant nurs­eries and ev­ery ma­jor home im­prove­ment store like Home De­pot sell toxic pes­ti­cides to home gar­den­ers, we will not re­cover our ur­ban na­tive bee pop­u­la­tions.

Not only are many pes­ti­cides hid­den un­der the guise of “flower care,” they can also be present in the pre-treated plants now avail­able for con­sumers to buy and plant in their gar­dens.

Home gar­den­ers do not need pol­li­na­tor-killing pes­ti­cides, which should be banned.

Sid­ney Higgins

Sil­ver Lake

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