Wayne Brenner’s article, “National Honey Bee Day Gets All Aberfeldy in the ATX
,” in August highlighted an important issue in a unique way, detailing the delicious food (and drink) diversity that we rely on our pollinators for. The donation of bees by Aberfeldy is a small move toward solving a very large issue, as Brenner writes, “bringing attention to the world’s depleting bee population and supporting local beekeepers.” But this issue hits the Austin area specifically because of the vast number of small farms and local growers that rely on bees to pollinate their crops and provide the food that most Austin restaurants, breweries, and distilleries depend on.
The most impactful issue in this battle for the bees is the use of agricultural pesticides that evidence shows are not only harmful for the environment, but also kill our bees. If we really want to protect the bees that make Aberfeldy’s Scotch whisky so good, then we need to stop the use of these pesticides that harm our pollinators.
We need to make a push for our elected officials to hold interim hearings on threats to bees and pollinators, something that Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen failed to do when releasing his interim charges. Any Austinite that enjoys the food and drinks that our city is known for should be calling the speaker and asking him to hold these hearings, so that we can ban the use of those harmful pesticides and save our bees.