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Local group hosts 'No Bees, No Valentine's Day' event

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With Valentine's Day just a few days away, one local group is hoping to raise awareness about one insect in danger that helps create popular gifts for the holiday.

An event called "No Bees, No Valentine's Day" was held on Monday. Environment Oregon hosted the event at Grand Avenue Floral's shop in southeast Portland.

Environment Oregon said if we can't slow down the rapid loss of bee colonies, items like chocolates, flowers, and other popular Valentine's Day items will be in trouble.

The group said each year we lose between 30 and 40 percent of all bee colonies in the world. They call this "colony collapse disorder", and said one of the factors causing this is pesticides used in farming.

Due to this problem, many bee colonies moved into city areas to survive. Last summer, a colony was moved from a tree in northeast Portland that was going to be cut down.

Environment Oregon called bees "insect cupids" because of all the pollinating they do, and the need in our food supply for bees.

The group wants to raise awareness about the role bees play in a large portion of our food supply.

"To be able to raise awareness about neonics and the potentional harm they cause, not only to our native pollinators, but to our beekeeping industry, and frankly to my business because if people are spraying this around, they're killing off my bees," said Damian Magista. "If we don't move quickly to save bees, future Valentine's Days won't last or smell nearly as sweet as they do today."

In addition to raising awareness about the importance of bees for food production, event organizers also want the EPA to ban the use of the pesticides that are harmful to bees.

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