On May 19 the Obama administration addressed the critical problem of diminishing bee colonies by introducing a national strategy for honey bees and other pollinators. Greeted with criticism that it ignores the effect of pesticides, the key strategic goals are:
- Reduce honey bee colony losses during winter (overwintering mortality) to no more than 15% within 10 years.
- Increase the Eastern population of the monarch butterfly to 225 million butterflies
- Restore or enhance 7 million acres of land for pollinators over the next 5 years