Help pass the Mass. Pollinator Protection Act!
Pollinators (which include honeybees and other pollinating insects and animals) are responsible for one in every three bites of food we eat. In Massachusetts, many of our most important crops require insect pollinators, including cranberries, blueberries, and apples. These and many other crops are threatened by the precipitous drop in pollinators, and an increasing number of studies point to a class of pesticides, known as neonicotinoids, as a primary culprit.
What are neonicotinoids and how are they currently regulated?
"Neonics," as they are often called, are:
broad-spectrum (harmful to most insects),
systemic (taken up by all plant parts, including roots and flowers),
and persistent (sticks around in the environment for a long time, years in the case of soil)
and an increasing amount of research shows that they harm pollinators.
While the European Union suspended most uses of these pesticides in 2013, the U.S. EPA opted to allow current uses of neonicotinoids to continue while it conducts reviews that won't be completed until as late as 2019. Legislation to impose a moratorium has stalled in Congress, and is not likely to move any time soon...
What can we do in Massachusetts?Proposed legislation (H.2113), i ntroduced by Rep. Carolyn Dykema, would place commonsense restrictions on neonics and promote pollinator habitats in the state.
Update (March 8, 2017): The Pollinator Protection Act has a record number of cosponsors (132 out of 200)! Take a look at the full list and the text of the bill, here: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/H2113/Cosponsor
This bill (H.2113):
• The Dept. of Transportation will be directed to identify opportunities for the introduction of pollinator habitats on department property (ie., along highways).
In order for the bill to have a chance at passing during the 2017-18 state legislative session, it needs to have as many co-sponsors as possible. That's where you come in...
Take action within secondsUse this form to send a quick email to your state legislators asking them to push for a vote on Rep. Dykema's Pollinator Protection Act ASAP. The more people they hear from, the more likely they are to support the bill!
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