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John Root

Daily Hampshire Gazette

John Root: A common-sense proposal

With all the contention in Amherst politics that we’ve seen in recent years, it’s great to see an idea come along that everyone can get behind. Zero Waste Amherst (ZWA), a citizens group committed to preserving resources and minimizing the public health and environmental impacts of waste management, is offering a proposal that will effectively address these issues and save us money as well.
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Guest columnist John Root: A message from our winged six-leggeds

Dearest humans: We, the winged six-leggeds who tirelessly pollinate your crops and flowering plants of forest and field, have an urgent message for you. Our numbers are declining precipitously. Winged two-leggeds whose songs delight you are also disappearing, for every year there are fewer of us to sustain them and...
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Guest columnist John Root: A message from our winged six-leggeds

Dearest humans: We, the winged six-leggeds who tirelessly pollinate your crops and flowering plants of forest and field, have an urgent message for you. Our numbers are declining precipitously. Winged two-leggeds whose songs delight you are also disappearing, for every year there are fewer of us to sustain them and...
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John Root: National Pollinator Week

In 2008, Pollinator Partnership designated June as National Pollinator month to help raise awareness about the plight of pollinators, and this year National Pollinator Week is June 20-26. Pollinator populations are at risk due to habitat loss and fragmentation, the prevalence of invasive and non-native plants, pesticide use, air and light pollution, and climate change. Pollinators are essential for many food crops and ensure seed production in 75% of all plant species. Insects are often treated as pests, but without them ecosystems would collapse.