By: Anthony Palumbo
Camila Acchiardo Vallejo’s article, Avoiding a Risk/Risk Trade-off: An Analysis of the Legal Measures Necessary to Increase U.S. Pollinator Numbers, is an insightful look into the diminishing number of honeybees and the conundrums surrounding their survival. Camila’s analytical ability and years of environmentally focused education, including a minor in Environmental Science with University Honors from St. Mary’s University and being a candidate to receive the Environmental Law certificate, help exemplify a practical solution to a serious problem.
The article first discusses the importance of pollinators and the possible reasons why their numbers are in a decline. A main reason for the decline, that is raised in the article, is pesticide use. Then Camila highlights the current and proposed actions to increase pollinator populations that are taking place in the United States. As she explains, this problem involves a holistic response from everyone ranging from farmers to President Obama. Next, Camila discusses the ban on neonicotinoids and how the European Union is implementing it. The last section, Part IV, presents a possible legal and administrative resolution that could potentially protect bees – a multifaceted approach targeting bee stressors. The suggested solution Camilla proposes questions the current measures being implemented to resolve the problem and advocates a response that is backed by a proven method. If her approach is not followed, Camila predicts the United States will experience a risk/risk tradeoff.
The importance of the issues and solutions in this article should be known by all. The honeybee crisis we are experiencing could and is changing our food system. This article should not only be of interest to those who enjoy the sweet taste of honey, but everyone who eats. For the full article and detailed information on the honeybee crisis be sure to check out Camila Acchiardo Vallejo’s upcoming article.
Camila’s article can be found in Pace Environmental Law Review’s Spring 2017 issue.
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